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Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council

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Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council

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Tabled Paper 381

Collection

Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT

Date

1991-08-15

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Tabled by Eric Poole

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English

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Tabled papers

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2021C00044

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/294313

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/396548

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1 In addition, Protective Care Programs which aim to lessen childrens vulnerability to sexual and other types o-F abuse are available in various schools. Back-up is given by the Top End Life Education Unit, which visits schools in the Darwin, Katherine and Jabiru areas once a year. Not all teachers receive in-servicing in the delivery o-f the Education Department programs: student teachers at the N.T.U. receive only limited, optional training. This is unfortunate in view of a Western Australian study (Howells, 1989) which supports American research (DiCicco et al., 1984; Roosa et al., 1988) indicating that at least 1 in 6 (possibly 1 in 3) school children may have problem drinking parents. They are thus at elevated risk of developing alcohol problems (Beardslee et al., 1986; Miller & Vang, 1977). These children also have significantly lower levels of self esteem than their peers from non problem drinking families. Longitudinal studies (Tharinger & Koranek, 1988; Werner, 1986) reveal that a high proportion of children of alcohol dependent parents are also likely to develop serious learning and behavioural problems. However, Werner (1986) found that certain personal characteristics enhance childrens resilience to long term harm; e.g. positive self concept, a belief in sel f help and personal responsibility for life direction, and access to support networks outside the family. 42