Volume 13, Number 4 (December 2015)                   IRJ 2015, 13(4): 120-126 | Back to browse issues page


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Maarefvand M, Daneshmand R, Shariatirad S, Massah O, Noroozi A, Hashemian S S, et al . Social Work Guidelines for Street Children with Substance Use disorders. IRJ. 2015; 13 (4) :120-126
URL: http://irj.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-601-en.html

1- Substance Abuse and Dependence Research Center, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
2- Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Office (SAPTO), Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran.
Abstract:   (1203 Views)

This study was designed with the purpose of providing organized instructions on how to improve the psychological, medical, and social circumstances of street children with concurrent substance use disorders. Due to the special vulnerabilities of these children, customized guidelines are required in order to maximize the treatment outcomes. Systemic review of literature was applied on a large number of national and international journal articles available on the phenomenon of substance use among street children. The literature review was followed by a qualitative study using in-depth interviews in order to record and analyze the experience of experts working in this field. The preliminary draft was reviewed by the experts and final modifications were applied. The ultimate guideline presents practical recommendations for different stages of providing service for the target population including case finding, motivational interventions, assessment, care and intervention planning, and follow-ups. Street children face various physical, psychological, and social complications. Substance use disorders can exacerbate their circumstances and add to the complexity of their problems. The current guideline is an initial step to better understanding and treating street children who use drugs. Further research is required to investigate the effectiveness and long term results of this guideline .considering the fact that Iran is one of the many countries dealing with this phenomenon, adjustments should be made for application in different cultures.

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Received: 2015/10/9 | Accepted: 2015/11/20 | Published: 2015/12/1

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