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Abstract

Using various sociological concepts and perspectives, in this article the author presents a case study of a family where the personal troubles of parents (substance abuse and alcoholism) translate into neglect for the children's well being. The impact of parents' addiction on their own career, employment situation, and parenting duties are contrasted with the children's efforts at finding alternative ways of doing family with others, and providing for themselves to make ends meet, at the expense of their educational and career outcomes.

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