Paranoid or Persecuted? The Stigmatisation of Pregnant Drug Users: A Literature Review

Hooks, Claire (2015) Paranoid or Persecuted? The Stigmatisation of Pregnant Drug Users: A Literature Review. Practising Midwife. ISSN 1461-3123

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Substance misuse is a complex issue, fraught with many challenges and inequalities for those affected; most of these are as a result not of the substances themselves, but of the underlying web of socioeconomic problems associated. Whilst the literature suggests that pregnancy may be a ‘window of opportunity’ for substance misusing women, it also suggests that there are several barriers to women engaging with health care. One of these is the fear of being judged and stigmatised by healthcare professionals. This literature review looks at research in the field of substance misuse in pregnancy, focusing on the ‘stigmatisation’ of pregnant drug users by healthcare professionals, illustrating the potential impact of this upon care.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This article first appeared in 'The Practising Midwife' (ISSN 1461-3123) in Janurary 2015 and is archived with permission from the publisher.
Keywords: Stigma, Substance Misuse, Midwives, Attitude, Engagement
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Claire Hooks
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2016 09:45
Last Modified: 04 May 2022 15:53

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