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Youth and Substance Abuse

Authors: Daley, Kathryn

  • Provides a rare sociological explanation of youth substance abuse
  • Presents rich interview data 
  • Analyses young people's own oral histories
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About this book

This book provides a sociological examination of young people’s pathways into, and out of, substance abuseDrawing from in-depth, life-history interviews with over sixty young people who have experienced problematic drug use, the author uses participants’ narratives to throw light on the relationship between trauma and issues such as homelessness, crime and self-injury.

Contesting the view that substance abuse is either a medical issue or individual failing, the book examines the wide variety of factors which lead to youth substance abuse such as extreme poverty and other structural factors. Whilst it does not overlook individual agency, the rich descriptions from young people's oral histories show us that the contexts in which agency was exercised, was often considerably constrained by significant structural forces. The sociological concept of 'situated choice', which is used to explain and understand how people make choices within their individual context, is used throughout the book as we witness young people wrestling to escape intergenerational disadvantage.

The book will be of interest to scholars and students of Social Work, Social Policy, Youth Studies, Sociology and Health Studies. 

About the authors

Kathryn Daley is Lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University, Australia. She teaches courses in social research. Previously she worked as a youth alcohol and other drug outreach worker. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Daley, Kathryn

    Pages 1-44

  • Dancing with Death

    Daley, Kathryn

    Pages 45-62

  • The Early Years

    Daley, Kathryn

    Pages 63-88

  • In the Mix: The Beginning of a Drug Problem

    Daley, Kathryn

    Pages 89-113

  • Cutting Out the Pain: Sexual Abuse, Self-Injury, Abandonment and Young Women’s Substance Abuse

    Daley, Kathryn

    Pages 115-137

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-33675-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-33674-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Youth and Substance Abuse
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-33675-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-33675-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-33674-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 212
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