The Impact of Adolescent Substance Abuse on Family Quality of Life, Marital Satisfaction, and Mental Health in Qatar

Eid G.Abo Hamza*, Samuel Gladding, Ahmed A. Moustafa

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Abstract

This study investigated the impact of substance-addicted adolescents on family quality of life in the Arab country of Qatar. Two groups of families were compared: families with a teenager who had a substance addiction (n = 50) and families without such a teen (n = 53). Results showed families with a substance-addicted teenager had a lower family quality of life, that is, lower marital satisfaction, and higher couple scores on depression, anxiety, and stress. The study suggests that the relationship between family dynamics and adolescent substance addiction is bidirectional in Arab families, that is, family problems may lead to adolescent substance abuse, and substance addiction in adolescents may also impact marital health quality and the mental health of parents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-90
Number of pages6
JournalFamily Journal
Volume30
Issue number1
Early online date5 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes

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