Methamphetamine-Involved Parents in the Child Welfare System: Are They More Challenging Than Other Substance-Involved Parents?

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Abstract

Although methamphetamine use has been declining, it continues to be problematic among parents in the child welfare system. We examined the assertion that parental methamphetamine use is more detrimental for children than abuse of other substances. Using administrative data (N = 2,465) from a treatment program, we compared parents reporting abuse of methamphetamine (48%) with parents reporting alcohol only (11%) or abuse of other illegal drugs (41%) on a number of variables. Methamphetamine users were more likely to be female, White, have less education, be unemployed, and not be in a committed relationship, and their children were significantly more likely to be placed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-295
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

Keywords

  • child maltreatment
  • methamphetamine
  • substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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