Family with a drug problem: intergenerational transmission of the dysfunction
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Institute of Sociological Sciences, University of Rzeszow [Instytut Nauk Socjologicznych, Uniwersytet Rzeszowski], Al. Rejtana 16C, 35-610 Rzeszow, Poland
Submission date: 2020-07-01
Final revision date: 2020-12-31
Acceptance date: 2020-12-31
Publication date: 2020-12-31
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Marek Motyka   

Instytut Nauk Socjologicznych, Uniwersytet Rzeszowski, Al. Rejtana 16C, 35-610 Rzeszów, Polska
Witold Jedynak   

Instytut Nauk Socjologicznych, Uniwersytet Rzeszowski, Al. Rejtana 16C, 35-610 Rzeszów, Polska
Wychowanie w Rodzinie 2020;23(2):197-216
Introduction. This article discusses several family conditions conducive to drug use. Aim. The research aims to determine the impact of the family environment, especially a dysfunctional one, on drug use among people growing up in such a family. It was assumed that, according to the concept of the family as a system, if at least one of its elements is dysfunctional, the consequences of this state affects the other members of the family, who do not acquire proper patterns of functioning in the family and society. Material and methods. 154 standardized interviews with drug users were conducted. The research tool used to collect data was interview questionnaires; in addition, seven interviews were recorded on audio-tracks. Each interview consisted of 39 questions, several of which related directly, or indirectly, to their family situation. The study was qualitative, but some of the responses can be represented by quantitative data, which was used to provide numerical values for the indications obtained. Results. The analysis of the empirical material collected during interviews with drug users shows the links that have been identified between reaching for these measures and growing up in a family struggling with the drug use of one or more of its members. Permanent disorders in relations between members of a dysfunctional family affect the development of a whole spectrum of personality problems, including addiction.
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