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Penelope Laycock

PhD Candidate at University of Strathclyde

Working Dissertation Title: Adult children of problem alcohol users in Glasgow and their habitus

Supervisors: Professor Ian Greener, Professor Sir Harry Burns


My research focuses on the differences in childhoods and outcomes of Adult Children of Problem Drinkers who either have problem substance use or do not.

Glaswegian individuals aged between 30 and 60 were interviewed due to the recent issues surrounding drug misuse in Glasgow and the historic alcohol issues in the 1980s-2000s.  The 1980s-2000s followed a large increase in alcohol related health inequalities (Walsh et al., 2015).  These health inequalities even though seen across Scotland are seen in even greater depth in Glasgow.

Protective factors, resilience and Hope theory were applied to the interview data to determine the differences in childhood and impact on outcomes in adult life. This also led to a potential intervention for individuals who lived through similar circumstances.

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