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Aubree Johnson
Mrs. DeBock
English 4 Honors
February 17th, 2015
Essential Question: How does drug abuse affect a family?
Working Question: Drug abuse affects a family in many different ways?
Refined Question: Drug abuse affects a family financially, physically, and emotionally.
Annotated Bibliography
Calhoun, Stacy, et al. "Improving the Outcomes of Children Affected by Parental Substance
Abuse: A Review of Randomized Controlled Trials." Substance Abuse & Rehabilitation
6.(2015): 15-24. Academic Search Complete. Web. 19 Feb. 2015.
Calhouns article describes how ones family life may be disturbed if a family member
was struggling with a substance abuse problem. The article states that while parents are on drugs,
children may face the risk of neglect, which could result in serious behavioral, emotional, and
physical issues. The article shows that parental substance abuse leaves children at risk of being
hurt or malnourished when the parents fail to take care of their basic needs, which consequently
leads to serious emotional problems as well as physical. Calhoun believes that because of the
neglect due to substance abuse, behavioral problems may occur by kids lashing out by breaking
rules, aggression, and attention seeking when they are not given the attention and care they need
to develop. Calhouns article will support my argument that substance abuse affects a family
physically and emotionally.

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Hemovich, VanessaLac, AndrewCrano, William D. "Understanding Early-Onset Drug and


Alcohol Outcomes among Youth: The Role of Family Structure, Social Factors, and
Interpersonal Perceptions of Use." Psychology, Health & Medicine 16.3 (2011): 249-267.
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection. Web. 19 Feb. 2015.
Hemovichs article talks about the effects that teen drug abuse may have on a family and
what factors could contribute to the drug use. At first, the article states what the factors of drug
use could be ranging from a divorce to a families economic position. Hemovich believes that
adolescences may be trying to fill emptiness from a bad home life. Further along in the article it
begins to talk about the affects drug use may have on one as well as others around them such as
developmental impairment, learning disabilities, affiliation with delinquent peers, increased risk
of contracting an STD, violent victimization, and a more positive attitude toward other drug use.
Hemovichs article supports my position that drug abuse affects a family behaviorally.

Rowe, Cynthia L.1. "Family Therapy for Drug Abuse: Review and Updates 2003-2010." Journal
of Marital & Family Therapy 38.1 (2012): 59-81. Education Full Text (H.W. Wilson).
Web. 19 Feb. 2015.
In this article, Rowe describes how drug abuse tears a family apart emotionally and the
steps that must be taken to fix a family if this struggle occurs. The article first states how
statistically substance abuse has gone up in the last few years and what is causing it. Then Rowe
gets into how substance abuse emotionally destroys a family. The article states that the abuse
may cause trust problems and leave a family feeling unable to help. She talks about how for
ones family to be healed the family member with the substance abuse problem must first want to
heal themselves, then you may work on the emotional connection in the family. Rowes article

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supports my argument that drug abuse affects a family emotionally.