Adolescents' Experiences and Coping Strategies with Parental Substance Addiction Within a Rural Farming Community


  • Denise Marinus Social Worker, Department of Social Development, Caledon and former Masters student Department of Social Work, University of South Africa, Pretoria
  • Marichen Ann Van der Westhuizen Dr M.A. van der Westhuizen: Department of Social Reformation, Hugenote Kollege, Wellington, external supervisor for University of South Africa, Department of Social Work, Pretoria and research fellow at the Faculty of Practical Theology, University of Stellenbosch
  • Assim Hashim Alpaslan Professor Department of Social Work University of South Africa Muckleneuk, Pretoria 0003



adolescents’ experiences, coping, parental substance abuse, rural farming community


South African legislation and policy documents provide a framework that emphasises the need to protect and care for children of addicted parents. However, the literature and recent studies do not focus on how adolescents in rural communities experience dealing with an addicted parent or the type of services they need. This article is based on a qualitative research study that explored and described the experiences and coping strategies of adolescents in rural communities who are faced with their parents’ addiction. The findings describe their perceptions of the nature of parental substance addiction, how it affects them, how they deal with it and their requests for support.


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How to Cite

Marinus, Denise, Marichen Ann Van der Westhuizen, and Assim Hashim Alpaslan. 2017. “Adolescents’ Experiences and Coping Strategies With Parental Substance Addiction Within a Rural Farming Community”. Southern African Journal of Social Work and Social Development 29 (1):16–33.



Received 2016-09-28
Accepted 2017-03-08
Published 2017-07-17