ERIC Number: EJ868128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Effects of Parental Use of Meth on Children in My Community
McKellar, Nancy A.
Communique, v37 n8 p1, 24-26 Jun 2009
Of all the videos that the author shows in psychopathology class, the one that her graduate students invariably find the most disturbing is "Crank: Made in America" (Yates, 2003). Long-time users of methamphetamine (meth) candidly tell their stories in this HBO film. The author still finds it very unsettling to watch it, even though she has seen it many times. It is just too difficult to distance herself from the addicts on the screen. They are all white adults living in the Midwest. Many are parents. As she goes about her life, the author is seldom aware of methamphetamine use where she lives. She wondered if the neighboring state in which the HBO film was made only appeared to be very similar to her or if she was oblivious to local methamphetamine abuse. In this article, the author shares her investigation of meth use among adults in her community of Wichita, Kansas, and its impact on children. Sadly, everything that she learned about meth use in Wichita is consistent with what is revealed about meth use in Iowa in "Crank: Made in America" (Yates, 2003). Educators know that home is not the major source of support and encouragement for some students. Signs of risk and harm to children from their parents' use of meth are observed by educators but not always interpreted correctly. When parents become consumed by their meth use, then the school may become the child's only sane and safe refuge.
Descriptors: Psychopathology, Drug Abuse, Parent Influence, Addictive Behavior, Films, Family Environment, At Risk Students, School Role, Interviews, Adults, Student Needs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa; Kansas