skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 218140 Find in a Library
Title: Case Series: Mental Health Needs and Perspectives of Rural Children Reared by Parents Who Abuse Methamphetamine
Journal: Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry  Volume:46  Issue:4  Dated:April 2007  Pages:500-507
Author(s): Teresa Ostler Ph.D.; Wendy Haight Ph.D.; James Black M.D.; Ga-Young Choi MSW; Linda Kingery MSW; Kathryn Sheridan MSW
Date Published: April 2007
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Illinois Dept of Children and Family Services
Springfield, IL 62706
University of Illinois
Urbana, IL 61801
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This case-based, mixed methods study focused on the perspectives and mental health needs of rural children who had been exposed to parental methamphetamine abuse.
Abstract: During the interviews, 17 children (74 percent) expressed emotional pain when describing their experience within their families. Some children reported feelings of tension, fear, and misery. Others described feelings of intense anger, aggression, or sadness. Some children discussed nightmares and wanting to cut themselves, as well as recurrent fears. Three children reported suicidal thoughts or behavior. The children reported accessing relatively few social resources for coping with their emotional pain. More than half reported that they felt isolated in their families of origin and received little support from adults in order to understand and deal with what was happening at home. Most children reported using avoidance of passive strategies in coping with difficulties at home. This study shows the complexities in assessing the mental health needs of children whose parents abuse methamphetamine. With increasing numbers of children entering foster care because of parental involvement with methamphetamine, clinicians must be prepared to address their mental health needs. Study participants were 23 children involved with a State child protection agency because of their parents' methamphetamine abuse. A semistructured interview provided information on children's perspectives of their families. Information on children's mental health needs was obtained from the Child Behavior Checklist and Trauma Symptom checklist. Case records and caseworker reports provided information on children's family experiences. 3 tables and 32 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile mental health services
Index Term(s): Children of drug abusers; Methamphetamines; Rural area studies; Rural crime; Rural victims
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.