Fathers and substance misuse: a literature review

Bell, Linda, Herring, Rachel ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8588-5842 and Annand, Fizz (2020) Fathers and substance misuse: a literature review. Drugs and Alcohol Today, 20 (4) . pp. 353-369. ISSN 1745-9265 [Article] (doi:10.1108/DAT-06-2020-0037)

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Abstract

Purpose
To review the following research questions from the available literature:
• What evidence is there to suggest that substance misuse specifically by fathers (including alcohol and other drugs) causes wider harms, including child welfare concerns?
• How do professionals respond specifically to substance misuse by fathers?
• Do interventions aimed at parental substance misuse (particularly in the UK) include both mothers and fathers and if so how?

Design/methodology/approach
Scoping literature review, identifying 34 papers, (including scoping reviews published in 2006 and 2008 and six cited papers, covering the period 1990 – 2005), and 26 additional studies published between 2002 and 2020.

Findings
The review is organized into six themes:
1) Negative impact of men’s substance misuse problems on their parenting behaviours
2) Quality of the relationship between parents is affected by substance misuse of the fathers, in turn affecting the parenting behaviour and outcomes for child/ren
3) Importance to fathers of their fathering role (for example as financial provider)
4) Difficulties fathers may face in developing their fathering role
5) Sidelining of the fathering role in substance misuse services
6) Professionals tending to focus on the mother’s role in parenting inventions and services

Originality
The review focuses on fathers and substance misuse, an under-researched
field within the wider contexts of fathering research and research into parental substance misuse

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Fathers, fathering, parents, substance misuse, drugs/ alcohol services, recovery
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 31798
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Depositing User: Rachel Herring
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2021 09:34
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2021 23:41
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/31798

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