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Family troubles?Exploring changes and challenges in the family lives of children and young people$
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Jane Ribbens McCarthy, Carol-Ann Hooper, and Val Gillies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304432

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.001.0001

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Thinking about sociological work on personal and family life in the light of research on young people’s experience of parental substance misuse

Thinking about sociological work on personal and family life in the light of research on young people’s experience of parental substance misuse

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(p.162) (p.163) Chapter Thirteen Thinking about sociological work on personal and family life in the light of research on young people’s experience of parental substance misuse
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Family troubles?
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Sarah Wilson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447304432.003.0013

This chapter draws on interviews with young people affected by parental substance misuse (among other family troubles), arguing for greater attention to difficult family relationships in contemporary sociological thinking on personal and family lives. The analysis highlights the challenges such young people face in constructing a morally acceptable self in the absence of expected parenting practices and the family narrative they support in a cultural context where the primacy of family relationships to children and young people is so taken for granted as to obscure and devalue alternative sources of self-worth and identity.

Keywords:   Parental substance misuse, Family lives, Young people, Self, Identity

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