Barn som till synes klarar allt : En kvalitativ studie om barn som växt upp med missbrukande föräldrar men i vuxen ålder lyckats ta sig vidare i livet

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Lunds universitet/Socialhögskolan

Sammanfattning: The aim of this study was to examine children who grew up with one or two parents who had addiction problems during their childhood. This study was done to get an understanding of what children of addiction did to move on in life with different approaches, strategies, roles and what kind of team they used. Also what meaning the authors attachment to their parents during their childhood meant. A qualitative method has been used and the method is based on three autobiographical books written by Swedish authors who grew up with parents who had addiction problems. These authors illustrated what it was in their upbringing that made them to break a social heritage, different approaches, strategies, roles and what kind of team they made in order to move on in life. The empirical material was analyzed using the Attachment theory by Bowlby and Goffman’s Dramaturgical theory. We found that there are several contributing factors to the children in the autobiographical books that made them break a social heritage. It was important that the children got the care and nursing from their parents, good relationships with other people in their surroundings, activities outside the home and to take responsibility for themselves and others. The conclusion that was made from this study was that children that lives with parents of addiction are strong individuals that can handle a lot themselves with a little support from their environment. Societies support did not show to be a contributing factor for the children to be able to break a social heritage since this support were not described in the different autobiographical books.

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