Coping with Drug Abuser in the Family: A Qualitative Study in Penang, Malaysia

Asian Social Work Journal (ASWJ)

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Title Coping with Drug Abuser in the Family: A Qualitative Study in Penang, Malaysia
 
Creator Jamir Singh, Paramjit Singh
Azman, Azlinda
Drani, Syazwani
 
Description Drug use in Malaysia has steadily increased over the past decade. Drug addiction does not only affect the addict, but it also impacts the lives of their family members. This qualitative study seeks to explore how the drug user’s family members cope with the drug abuse problems in the family. A total of 20 respondents, acting as heads of their families, from the state of Penang, were interviewed. The findings indicated that the respondents utilized both problem-focused and emotion-focused coping strategies to cope with the drug addiction problems in the family. The respondents in this study also used both formal and informal social support systems to cope with the drug abuse problems caused by drug abuse within the family. This study suggests that the drug user’s family members should engage themselves in self-help and support groups to find and learn about constructive coping strategies used by other families who have a similar experience in dealing with drug abuse problems in the family. In addition, by engaging themselves in self-help and support groups, it will help the drug user’s family members gain emotional and social support from other drug user’s family members.
 
Publisher Asian Social Work Journal
 
Date 2019-03-19
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://msocialwork.com/index.php/aswj/article/view/86
10.47405/aswj.v4i2.86
 
Source Asian Social Work Journal; Vol 4 No 2 (2019); 22 - 27
0128-1577
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://msocialwork.com/index.php/aswj/article/view/86/60
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Asian Social Work Journal
 

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