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Impact of Substance Abuse on Children and Families
Research and Practice Implications

ISBN 9780789033444
Published October 24, 2006 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

Help children overcome the increasing dangers they face because of their parents’ addictions

Impact of Substance Abuse on Children and Families addresses the growing concern over children at risk of developing physical and mental health problems because of their parents’ addictions to alcohol and other drugs (AOD), including a chapter on the troubling increase of methamphetamine abuse by parents. The book’s contributors examine current research findings from the United States, Australia, Ireland, and Israel to provide much-needed insight into the effects of addiction on family dynamics, parental attachment styles, and family characteristics. The book also looks at the impact of addiction on school-aged children and on mothers in residential treatment with their children, survey assessment instruments and treatment outcomes, and the value of Student Assistance Services for older children.

Almost 25 percent of children in the United States live in a household where a parent or other adult is a heavy or binge drinker. More than 10 percent live in family where illicit drugs are used. Children of alcoholics are nearly 10 times more likely to develop an alcohol use disorder as other children, and often develop behavior problems such as depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder. Children of illicit drug abusers are more likely than other children to demonstrate immature, impulsive, or irresponsible behavior, to have lower IQ scores, and poorer school attendance. Impact of Substance Abuse on Children and Families focuses on these critical and often ignored aspects of addiction, providing the latest evidence-based qualitative and quantitative research findings, as well as a summary of available literature.

Impact of Substance Abuse on Children and Families examines:

  • the impact on children at various developmental stages
  • the role of the family as a treatment resource
  • alcohol problems and marriage
  • parental attachment styles of drug-using fathers
  • family cohesion and adaptability
  • self-in-relations theory
  • family-centered service models
  • the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)
  • adolescent substance abuse treatment
  • online treatment options
Impact of Substance Abuse on Children and Families is an essential resource for both academics and practitioners working in social work, addictions counseling, sociology, psychology, public health, and family and children’s studies.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • A Family Perspective for Substance Abuse: Implications from the Literature (Kenneth J. Gruber and Melissa Floyd Taylor)
  • Alcohol Problems, Marriage, and Treatment: Developing a Theoretical Timeline (Hilda Loughran)
  • Young Children of Parents with Substance Use Disorders (SUD): A Review of the Literature and Implication for Social Work Practice (Neta Peleg-Oren and Meir Teichman)
  • The Impact of Methamphetamine Use on Parenting (Julie A. Brown and Melinda Hohman)
  • The Child in the Family of a Drug-Using Father: Attachment Styles and Family Characteristics (Ricky Finzi-Dottan, Orna Cohen, Dorota Iwaniec, Yaffa Sapir, and Abraham Weizman)
  • Social Support: A Key to Positive Parenting Outcomes for Mothers in Residential Drug Treatment with Their Children (Josephine Y. Wong)
  • Identifying Children’s Needs When Parents Access Drug Treatment: The Utility of a Brief Screening Measure (Stefan M. Gruenert, Samantha S. Ratnam, and Menka Tsantefski)
  • Adolescents in Treatment: Effects of Parental Substance Abuse on Treatment Entry Characteristics and Outcomes (Gillian Leichtling, Roy M. Gabriel, Chandra K. Lewis, and Kelly Jean Vander Ley)
  • Student Assistance Programs: An Interview with Ellen Morehouse (Lori K. Holleran)
  • Partners and Adult Children of Alcoholics in Online Treatment (Elizabeth Zelvin)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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