alexa Children of substance abusers: the life experiences of children of opiate addicts in methadone maintenance.
Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy

Author(s): Kolar AF, Brown BS, Haertzen CA, Michaelson BS

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Abstract We interviewed 70 substance abusers in methadone maintenance treatment regarding the life experiences of their 188 children. Sixty-four percent of the mothers reported using psychoactive drugs during their pregnancies. Eighty percent of parents reported an arrest during the time the child was growing up, 34\% reported receiving treatment for an emotional disorder, and 14\% were hospitalized. Four percent of the parents reported that their children had been placed in adoptive care, 9\% in foster care, and 1\% had a child in a group home. Forty-one percent of the parents reported that at least one of their children repeated a grade in school, 19\% were involved in truancy, and 30\% had been suspended from school. Twenty percent of parents reported their children's involvement with the law, and 17\% reported drug or alcohol use. Problems with the law correlated highly with 1) being held back a grade, 2) truancy, 3) suspension from school, 4) expulsion from school, and 5) treatment for alcohol or drug abuse.
This article was published in Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse and referenced in Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy

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