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Soc Work. 1993 Sep;38(5):565-70.

Alcohol and other drug abuse among social work colleagues and their families: impact on practice.

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Chemical Dependency Services, International Center for the Disabled, New York.


This article presents data from a 1987 random sample survey mailed to the membership of the New York City chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. The purpose of the study was to determine the prevalence of alcohol and other drug problems as perceived by social workers among their colleagues and their family members and friends. Forty-three percent of the 198 respondents said that they had known at least one social worker who had a problem with alcohol or other drugs. The large number of social workers with close personal involvement with substance abuse was significant: 60 percent had close friends or family members with a problem, 39 percent had a nuclear family member with a problem, and 11 percent were adult children of alcoholics. The latter group reported a significantly higher impact on job functioning than did the other groups. Implications of these findings and recommendations for dealing with them are discussed.

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