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The perceptions, expectations, fears and needs of chemically dependent youth in a rehabilitation centre about being reintegrated into their family systems

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dc.contributor.advisor Alpaslan, A. H. Matsimbi, Jeaneth Linki 2012-11-07T08:23:35Z 2012-11-07T08:23:35Z 2012-06
dc.identifier.citation Matsimbi, Jeaneth Linki (2012) The perceptions, expectations, fears and needs of chemically dependent youth in a rehabilitation centre about being reintegrated into their family systems, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Drug abuse is a very common problem these days; and this problem is especially rampant among the young people of South Africa. Early problems in family management, the antisocial behaviour of the child, and peer pressure and rejection ignite the early onset of substance abuse. Treatment programmes and therapeutic methods to treat chemical dependency are available and utilised, but the high relapse rate and lack of support from family members and dysfunctional families, as well as the fears and challenges expressed by in-patient youth about being reintegrated with their families and a lack of supporting literature in this regard remain a cause for concern and need to be considered by the social work profession in order to plan effective intervention strategies. In response to this situation a research project was undertaken with the purpose of exploring and describing the perceptions, expectations, fears and needs of chemically dependent youth in a rehabilitation centre about being integrated into their family systems in an attempt to forward recommendations to assist social workers in rendering effective therapeutic services to service users in rehabilitation centres who have a substance abuse problem. A qualitative approach was utilised following an explorative, descriptive and contextual research design. The study was conducted at an in-patient rehabilitation centre called the Dr Fabian and Florence Ribeiro Treatment Centre in Cullinan, Gauteng Province in South Africa. Data were collected by means of semi-structured interviews. A sample of participants was selected by using purposive sampling from a population of service users in the Dr Fabian and Florence Ribeiro Centre who are chemically dependent. Data were analysed according to the framework provided by Tesch (cited in Creswell, 2003). Guba‘s model (cited in Krefting, 1991) was employed for data verification. The research findings point to the fact that participants had both negative and positive perceptions about going back to their respective families. On the one hand, there were negative perceptions shared. These were founded on a feeling of worry about the fact that their families criticised them a lot or that their families would not accept that they had changed, would still treat them like addicts, and not trust them. Furthermore, they feared relapse, triggers in their environment and family members who were abusing a substance. On the other hand, some participants perceived the reintegration with their families, following treatment, in a positive light as they were looking forward to joining them again after being in v treatment for three months.They were excited about the fact that they had been granted an opportunity where they could show their families that they have changed and have the chance of starting a new life. Moreover, part of the research findings point to the fact that some of the participants‘ families had already organised employment, a place for them to stay and financial assistance. From the research findings it became clear that the participants harboured the following expectations towards the families with whom they were reuniting: They need the family‘s love and support; to trust them again: to mend severed relationships and spend quality time together; to provide practical and material help, and for the family to be educated on addiction and for the family to accompany them to aftercare. In terms of research findings directed at the site (i.e., the rehabilitation centre) where the research was conducted the participants indicated that they needed more activities, they would like their families to be part of their recovery process, and expressed the need for individual sessions apart from group sessions and aftercare services. In terms of recommendations it was apparent that community members, community organisations and the government sector need to develop and launch chemical substance abuse prevention and awareness programmes through various media, (i.e. articles in newspapers, magazines, talks and documentaries on radio and television, community gatherings and meetings in all communities). Moreover, it is recommended that parents should take responsibility for monitoring and countering substance abuse in their children. Families need to be empowered through talks, attending parenting skills training, workshops and group meetings. South Africa needs to develop a policy focusing on families. Furthermore, it is recommended that treatment centres need to provide individual sessions, family therapy, aftercare services and more extramural activities, if these are not included in their treatment regime. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiii, 143 leaves)
dc.subject Chemically dependency en
dc.subject Chemically dependent youth en
dc.subject Family reintegration en
dc.subject Residential treatment en
dc.subject Chemically dependent youths‘ fears re integration en
dc.subject Aftercare services en
dc.subject Support needs en
dc.subject Reintegration challenges en
dc.subject Family dysfunction en
dc.subject Chemically dependent youths‘ expectations re integration with their families en
dc.subject.ddc 362.787
dc.subject.lcsh Youth -- Drug use
dc.subject.lcsh Family psychotherapy
dc.subject.lcsh Problem youth -- Behavior modification
dc.subject.lcsh Drug addicts -- Family relationships
dc.title The perceptions, expectations, fears and needs of chemically dependent youth in a rehabilitation centre about being reintegrated into their family systems en
dc.type Dissertation
dc.description.department Social Work en M.A. (Social Science)

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