Family Influences on Female Offenders’ Substance Use: The Role of Adverse Childhood Events among Incarcerated Women
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Childhood maltreatment, witnessing violence, and growing up with absent, addicted, or mentally ill caregivers influence adult physical and psychological well-being and may play an important role in female offending. This study utilizes data from a study of 60 incarcerated women to examine a possible intervening variable in the victimization-crime relationship. We conduct qualitative analyses to examine family influences on substance use among female offenders. Findings indicate that substance use may arise from a need to cope with child victimization and adversity, and that factors such as poor parental supervision may contribute to girls’ substance use. After onset of drug use, many women may turn to further criminal activity to support their habits. Implications for research and intervention are addressed.
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Journal of Family Violence
Volume 27, Issue 7 , pp 681-686
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- 1. Center for Child & Family Studies, College of Social Work, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 29208, USA
- 2. Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 425 Office Plaza Dr., Tallahassee, FL, 32301, USA