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NCJ Number: 228297 Find in a Library
Title: Prevention and Drug Treatment
Journal: Future of Children  Volume:19  Issue:2  Dated:Fall 2009  Pages:147-168
Author(s): Mark F. Testa; Brenda Smith
Date Published: 2009
Page Count: 22
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines the extent to which social policy should be broadly concerned with parental alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) as a child well-being matter beyond safety and permanency concerns.
Abstract: In a reflection of research findings, evidence to date suggests that substance-abusing parents pose no greater risk to their children than do parents of other children taken into child protective custody. It was concluded that investing in parental recovery from substance abuse and dependence should not substitute for a comprehensive approach that addresses the multiple social and economic risks to child well-being beyond the harms associated with parental substance abuse. Even though evidence is strong linking alcohol and other drug abuse with child maltreatment, the question remains whether substance abuse causes maltreatment. Mixed findings among the research suggest that almost all the parents face not only substance abuse problems but co-occurring issues as well. It is recommended that interventions to prevent substance abuse-related maltreatment attend to the underlying direct causes of both. 1 figure and 70 endnotes
Main Term(s): Child abuse prevention
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child emotional abuse and neglect; Child victims; Children at risk; Crime prevention planning; Drug abuse; Drug treatment; Neglectful parents; Parent-Child Relations; Parental influence
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