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NCJ Number: 200953 Find in a Library
Title: Parental Substance Abuse and Its Relationship to Child Abuse (From Child Abuse and Neglect: Guidelines for Identification, Assessment, and Case Management, P 131-133, 2003, Marilyn Strachan Peterson and Michael Durfee, eds. -- See NCJ-200932)
Author(s): David D. Love M.F.T
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Volcano Press, Inc
Volcano, CA 95689
Sale Source: Volcano Press, Inc
P.O. Box 270
Volcano, CA 95689
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material; Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This overview of parental substance abuse and its relationship to child abuse considers the epidemiology of the problem, current strategies for addressing it, family preservation as a goal, and assessment and treatment.
Abstract: A 1999 study by the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University reported that substance abuse causes or worsens 7 out of 10 cases of child abuse or neglect, with children whose parents misuse alcohol or drugs being 3 times more likely than other children to be abused. Two options are available for children who live in homes where substance abuse is a major issue. The first is to remove the child from the home for the purpose of permanent placement or adoption, and the second option for intervention is to develop a system of resources that could assist the family in addressing the substance abuse and developing the skills necessary to provide protection and care for the children. The latter option requires a comprehensive system of resources, a coordinated effort by numerous social and welfare systems, and a treatment strategy that will address all the issues that affect both the adults and children in the family. Current efforts at developing such a system are either fragmented or absent. This chapter outlines the steps for family preservation and support services prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1994. The chapter concludes with guidelines for assessment and treatment of parents and families in which both substance abuse and child abuse are involved. A relevant case study with follow-up questions is provided. 5 selected readings
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child abuse causes; Child abuse situation remedies; Children of alcoholics; Children of drug abusers; Family intervention programs; Parental influence; Treatment techniques
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