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The impact of alcohol misuse on fathering in Northern Uganda : An ethnographic study of fathers


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Mehus, Christopher J. ; Wieling, Elizabeth ; Thomas Oloya, Okot ; Laura, Achan ; Ertl, Verena:
The impact of alcohol misuse on fathering in Northern Uganda : An ethnographic study of fathers.
In: Transcultural psychiatry. (Juli 2020). - S. 1363461520943315.
ISSN 1461-7471 ; 1363-4615



The Acholi people of northern Uganda experienced decades of conflict. Alcohol misuse is high among northern Ugandan men. This is common in displaced or post-war communities. Because parents are often the most significant and proximal influence in a child’s development, it is important to understand the relationships between parental behavioral health and parenting. The purpose of this ethnographic study was to understand the impact of alcohol misuse on fathering, from fathers’ perspectives. We collected qualitative data from several sources, including in-depth interviews with 19 fathers. Informants identified three ways in which a father can “overdrink”: drinking to drunkenness, spending too much money on alcohol, or spending too much time drinking alcohol. Fathers described the specific ways in which overdrinking impacted each of the three primary roles of a father, which were identified as providing, educating, and creating a stable home. Of the negative effects of overdrinking, a compromised ability to provide for basic needs was described as the most salient. The findings suggest that support for families in this region should include support for father’s substance misuse, as a father’s overdrinking is widely understood to be problematic for the entire family.

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Schlagwörter:alcohol misuse, displacement, fathers, parenting, war
Sprache des Eintrags:Englisch
Institutionen der Universität:Philosophisch-Pädagogische Fakultät > Psychologie > Lehrstuhl für Klinische und Biologische Psychologie
DOI / URN / ID:10.1177/1363461520943315
Open Access: Freie Zugänglichkeit des Volltexts?:Nein
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