Addiction, Abuse, and Family Relationships
Young, poor African American women are at high risk for victimization and stigmatization through multiple avenues, including childhood sexual abuse, drug use, and incarceration. This study describes the childhood experiences of five imprisoned African American women who have extensive histories of drug addiction and criminal behavior. Through the use of personal interviews and qualitative analysis, the women's childhood experiences are explored with attention to the themes of alcohol and drug use, sexual abuse, and mother-daughter relationships. Relational theory provides a conceptual framework for the analysis. Practice and policy considerations are discussed, with an emphasis on benefiting women with histories of abuse and addiction.
Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
Johnson, Henia D. and Young, Diane S., "Addiction, Abuse, and Family Relationships" (2002). Social Work & Criminal Justice Publications. 401.