'Don't make us talk!': Listening to and learning from children and young people living with parental alcohol problems

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Given the common issues of secrecy, shame and stigma, we know very little about the lives of children affected by parental alcohol problems from their own perspectives. Thirty children and young people (aged between 9 and 20) chose to communicate about this sensitive issue as part of a Scottish qualitative study. This study reveals how children and young people have extensive knowledge about parental alcohol problems and can demonstrate considerable agency in choosing how to share this knowledge in a research setting. Developing a greater understanding of children's nuanced ways of communicating has implications for research, policy and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-354
Number of pages11
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number5
Early online date16 Dec 2013
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015


  • alcohol
  • substance abuse
  • parenting
  • children in need

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