Risk for behavior problems in children of parents with substance use disorders

Kaitlin Bountress, Laurie Chassin

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Abstract

Using a high-risk community sample (N = 567), the current study examined risk for externalizing and internalizing problems in the children of parents with recovered and current substance use disorders (SUDs). This study also tested whether parenting mediated the relations between these variables. Results suggest that children of parents with current diagnoses were at elevated risk for externalizing and internalizing problems, but children of parents with recovered diagnoses were only at risk for externalizing problems. Perceived parental consistency of support mediated the relations between parent current SUD and child externalizing and internalizing problems. Disruption of the home environment may in part explain why children of parents with SUDs are at risk for externalizing and internalizing problems. However, even after parent SUD has remitted, children remain at risk for externalizing problems, suggesting multiple mechanisms by which parents confer risk for psychopathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-286
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume85
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

Keywords

  • Child externalizing behavior problems
  • Child internalizing behavior problems
  • Parent substance use disorders
  • Parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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