Essay - Rosa Lee of all the Individuals Examined in Leon Dash's...


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Rosa Lee

Of all the individuals examined in Leon Dash's Rosa Lee: a Mother and Her Family in Urban America, Patty is perhaps the most difficult case ***** terms of treatment and recovery from her drug problem. More than any o*****r single factor, Patty's environment, both in her adulthood and in ***** childhood, has contributed to her ***** dependency. The bond between Rosa ***** ***** her daughter is so strong that it has resulted in them choosing similar life paths. Dash repeated relays the idea that Patty's ***** most important goal throughout her childhood was ***** be like her mo*****r. Rosa states, "She was just doing what she had seen me do and wanted to im*****ate me. She's been like ***** her whole life," (Dash 181). Patty's ***** was far ***** what most people would consider healthy, psychologic*****y, yet rather than acting out in other potentially *****e aggressive ways, Patty chose to emulate her mother and stay as close to her ***** possible. Unfortunately, emulating Rosa Lee clearly led to other troubles—including drug abuse. From this point ***** view, it should be unders*****od that the most essential tactic in treating an individual like ***** would be the complete removal from her current social environment.

In m***** cases, ***** certainly in Patty's case, the dynamics of family life contribute most significantly to the subject's addictive behavior: "Even though ********** values are largely shaped by the surround*****g subculture, the family plays an integral role in shaping the attitudes of its members toward drug *****," (Schlaadt 12). Typically, family settings within which drug abuse is common or accepted facilitate the spread of that practice to other family members. This was clearly the case in Patty's introduction to heroin. Patty was first exposed ***** the drug by watching her brother *****d his girlfriend while hiding in ***** closet: "After Ronnie pu*****d the liquid into his vein, she watcher her brother's worried frown change ***** a look of pleasure.... ***** refused to inject her ***** day. But, Patty told me, 'I knew then, "Well, I'm gonna try that one day,"'" (Dash 186). One of the major problems with being introduced to such a serious ***** at a young ********** is that the pain and suffering associated with growing-up in a drug abusing household *****es not simply end with childhood: "If these children survive, it follows *****, particularly if they are girls, in***** their own adulthood. For example, many of ***** ***** will, themselves, resort to substance abuse in *****," (Pagliaro 94). Depression is a*****her major result of such a *****. ***** effect can manifest ********** in further ***** use, or even in attempted suicide.

Studies have indicated ***** children ra*****ed by mothers who are substance ab*****rs are adversely affected cognitively, as well ***** physically and emotionally: "Starting from infancy, Cregler ***** Mark (1986) noted that, maternal ***** use ***** adversely impact the care-giving *****, which, in turn, can have long-term negative effects on childhood cognitive development. In addition, the conflict and stress in a dysfunction*****l

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