Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 525–542 | Cite as

The Mental Health and Life Satisfaction of Children of Drug Abusers in Wenzhou, China

  • Guoliang Shi
  • Xiaohui Wu
  • Yingying Yi
  • Minjiang YuEmail author
  • Zengkui Tian
  • Wei Wang
  • Hao Wu


The spread of illegal drug use among adult caregivers of children raises many serious concerns. These concerns are intensified in situations in which drug-using adults are responsible for providing for the care, safety, and general well-being of the children under their care. The relative complexity of these situations is further compounded by the absence of rigorous scientific inquires into the mental health of children being raised in such situations. This survey utilized the Symptom Checklist-90 (SCL-90) to measure the mental health and life satisfaction of the children (aged 8 to 18 years) with at least one parent who is a drug abuser. The analysis results show that the psychological health of the children is poor and the mental health of the children affects their life satisfaction. Parents who are addicted to drugs may have an impact on the life satisfactions of their children regardless of the age of the child, and the impact on boys is more serious than on girls.


Children of drug abusers SCL-90 Mental health Life satisfaction 



This paper is supported by "Research finding on public health of vulnerable groups and economic development of Wenzhou " of Research Institute for Wenzhounese Economy. Wenzhou University.

Competing interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guoliang Shi
    • 1
  • Xiaohui Wu
    • 2
  • Yingying Yi
    • 3
  • Minjiang Yu
    • 4
    Email author
  • Zengkui Tian
    • 5
  • Wei Wang
    • 5
  • Hao Wu
    • 5
  1. 1.School of Political Science and LawCapital Normal UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Tianjin Key Laboratory on Technologies Enabling Development of Clinical Therapeutics and DiagnosticsCollege of Pharmacy, Tianjin Medical UniversityTianjinPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.School of ManagementNanjing University of Posts and TelecommunicationsNanjingPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.School of Politics & Public Administration, Soochow UniversityCollaborative Innovation Center for New Urbanization and Social GovernanceSuzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  5. 5.Department of Social Work and Social Policy, School of Social and Behavioral SciencesNanjing UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China

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