Children of Mothers with Serious Substance Abuse Problems: An Accumulation of Risks

Nicola A. Conners, Robert Bradley, Leanne Whiteside Mansell, Jeffrey Y. Liu, Tracy J. Roberts, Ken Burgdorf, James M. Herrell

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Abstract

This study examines the life circumstances and experiences of 4084 children affected by maternal addiction to alcohol or other drugs. The paper will address the characteristics of their caregivers, the multiple risk factors faced by these children, their health and development, and their school performance. Data were collected from mothers at intake into 50 publicly funded residential substance abuse treatment programs for pregnant and parenting women. Findings from this study suggest that children whose mothers abuse alcohol or other drugs confront a high level of risk and are at increased vulnerability for physical, academic, and socioemotional problems. Children affected by maternal addiction are in need of long-term supportive services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)743-758
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Substance-Related Disorders
Mothers
Alcoholism
Life Change Events
Parenting
Child Development
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Caregivers
Pregnant Women
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Children
  • Mothers
  • Risk factors
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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Conners, N. A., Bradley, R., Mansell, L. W., Liu, J. Y., Roberts, T. J., Burgdorf, K., & Herrell, J. M. (2003). Children of Mothers with Serious Substance Abuse Problems: An Accumulation of Risks. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 29(4), 743-758. https://doi.org/10.1081/ADA-120026258

Children of Mothers with Serious Substance Abuse Problems : An Accumulation of Risks. / Conners, Nicola A.; Bradley, Robert; Mansell, Leanne Whiteside; Liu, Jeffrey Y.; Roberts, Tracy J.; Burgdorf, Ken; Herrell, James M.

In: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Vol. 29, No. 4, 2003, p. 743-758.

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Conners, Nicola A. ; Bradley, Robert ; Mansell, Leanne Whiteside ; Liu, Jeffrey Y. ; Roberts, Tracy J. ; Burgdorf, Ken ; Herrell, James M. / Children of Mothers with Serious Substance Abuse Problems : An Accumulation of Risks. In: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. 2003 ; Vol. 29, No. 4. pp. 743-758.
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