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Psychosocial interventions for substance-abusing parents and their young children: A scoping review
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2016 (English)In: Addiction Research and Theory, ISSN 1058-6989, Vol. 24, no 3, 236-247 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this scoping review was to give an overview of efficacy research on psychosocial interventions aimed at substance-abusing parents with children of up to the age of three. Throughout the overview, there was a focus on underlying assumptions and how the problem descriptions motivating the interventions corresponded with the solutions, i.e. the interventions in question. The data consisted of peer reviewed intervention studies (n = 22) identified through literature searches in online databases. Randomised controlled trial studies as well as quasi-experimental and pre-post studies were included. The results showed that all the studies included bar one focused exclusively on women as parents. Moreover, while the problem descriptions in the studies tended to be quite broad, framing parental substance abuse as a problem influenced by social and structural conditions, the solutions presented in the form of interventions generally had a narrower focus, addressing the individual parent from a psychological perspective only. In conclusion, the review points out the need for developing and evaluating interventions aimed at substance-abusing fathers as well as mothers, and also underscores the importance of these interventions being focused on a broader range of factors rather than just addressing deficits at the level of the individual.

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2016. Vol. 24, no 3, 236-247 p.
Keyword [en]
Alcohol, assumptions, drugs, infants, parent support, overview
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Social Work
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125932DOI: 10.3109/16066359.2015.1118064ISI: 000375338800006OAI: diva2:896060
Available from: 2016-01-20 Created: 2016-01-20 Last updated: 2016-06-14Bibliographically approved

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