Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Exploration of Subjective Connections between Child Abuse and Addiction
by Glaze-Shields, Teresa, Ph.D., Institute for Clinical Social Work (Chicago), 2017, 209; 10751470
Abstract (Summary)

This grounded theory study explored the lived experiences of adult substance users who reflected back on their childhood exposure to abuse, neglect and/or trauma. The researcher conducted two separate rounds of interviews to obtain data and conducted open, axial and selective coding methods. A theoretical model was developed as a result of the coding process from the 25 participant interviews. There were 12 major findings which emerged from this research that are listed below in sequential ordering:

1. Growing up with an alcoholic father

2. Growing up with mothers who were emotionally distant and unavailable

3. Environmental impact on the child’s development

4. Exposure to abuse, neglect and/or trauma

5. Children growing up with uncertainty of their place in the family

6. Desire to fit in with others outside the family

7. Exposure to alcohol/drug use

8. Path(s) to addiction

9. Denial despite negative consequences

10. Ambivalence around trust issues

11. Choice to seek substance abuse treatment/help and

12. Reintegration back into society

Lastly, a face validity test was conducted by the three experts regarding this developed theoretical model.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lampe, James
School: Institute for Clinical Social Work (Chicago)
Department: Clinical Social Work
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 82/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Child abuse , Addiction, Connections
Publication Number: 10751470
ISBN: 9798664745603
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