Helping Children of Rural, Methamphetamine-Involved Families

Hardcover | December 2, 2008

byWendy Haight, Teresa Ostler, James Black

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Methamphetamine destroys not only the lives of those who become addicted to it, but affects all corners of society, including the most innocent: children. This important book follows the case of rural Illinois, where in the mid-1990s methamphetamine production and misuse became a significantproblem and, as a result, child welfare professionals saw an influx onto their caseloads of children whose parents were involved with the drug. The authors' account of the problems the children face, and of the efforts to help them, sheds useful light on possibilities for many other situations. Using a case-based, mixed-methods approach that capitalizes on rich qualitative data, the book examines parental methamphetamine misuse from a sociocultural perspective. Using extensive child welfare investigation data, participant observation, and in-depth interviews, the authors describe theperilous home lives of rural children whose parents misuse methamphetamine, where they are exposed to maltreatment, criminal behavior, and environmental danger. Many children end up with significant emotional and behavioral problems, especially posttraumatic symptoms, that will stay with them foryears. Based on this descriptive information and the existing clinical literature, the authors designed a relationship- and narrative-based mental health program, "Life Story Intervention," that draws on the strengths of many rural communities including storytelling traditions. Pilot data from theprogram, shared here, suggests some positive results of the intervention on children's psychological functioning. To eradicate the problems caused by methamphetamine abuse will require years more of concerted effort and collaboration such as that described in this book. Social work and child welfare professors and students, researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers will find inspiration in this account ofthe success that can result, with this issue and others, when practitioners and researchers join forces to understand complex social phenomena and design, implement, and assess effective interventions.

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Methamphetamine destroys not only the lives of those who become addicted to it, but affects all corners of society, including the most innocent: children. This important book follows the case of rural Illinois, where in the mid-1990s methamphetamine production and misuse became a significantproblem and, as a result, child welfare profe...

Wendy Haight is Associate Professor of Social Work at University of Illinois.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:December 2, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195326059

ISBN - 13:9780195326055

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Methamphetamine misuse in a sociocultural context1. Introduction2. History and epidemiology3. Research program overview4. Narrative of a rural child welfare professionalPart 2. Methamphetamine-involved families5. Recovering mothers' experiences and perspectives6. Knowledgeable professionals' experiences and perspectives7. Children's experiences and perspectives8. Children's psychological functioning9. Narrative of a Midwestern psychiatristPart 3. Meeting the mental health needs of rural children in foster families10. Conceptual and empirical basis for Life Story Intervention11. Implementing Life Story Intervention12. Children's responses to Life Story Intervention13. Narrative of a community clinicianPart 4. Conclusion14. The value of the case in evidence-based social work