The authors wish to thank Joanne Conti, Nicole Schmitt, Nicole Apicella, Rebecca Kramer-Koenigsberg, Elaine Fagan, Jean Larson, and patients at the Addiction Prevention and Treatment Foundation for their support and participation in this project. This project was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse Grants K23 DA14606 (NS), R01 DA17294 (NS), Invest Research Fellowship (MP), ROI-DA-06025 (LCM) and KO2-DA00222 (LCM), the Finnish Medical Foundation, the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) and the Academy of Finland, and the APT Foundation Inc.
Parenting Interventions for Drug-Dependent Mothers and Their Young Children: The Case for an Attachment-Based Approach*
Article first published online: 9 MAR 2006
Volume 55, Issue 2, pages 211–226, April 2006
How to Cite
Suchman, N., Pajulo, M., DeCoste, C. and Mayes, L. (2006), Parenting Interventions for Drug-Dependent Mothers and Their Young Children: The Case for an Attachment-Based Approach. Family Relations, 55: 211–226. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2006.00371.x
- Issue published online: 9 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 9 MAR 2006
- drug abuse;
- parent-child relationships;
- parent education;
- parenting interventions
Abstract: Maternal substance abuse is the most common factor involved when children come to the attention of the child welfare system. Although there is a clear need for clinical trials to evaluate parenting interventions for drug-dependent women, few studies to date have systematically examined the efficacy of interventions for this population. We first review six published reports of outpatient interventions that aimed to enhance the caregiving skills of substance-abusing mothers caring for children between birth and 5 years of age. After discussing implications of these preliminary studies, we then describe an attachment-based intervention that addresses these implications and has demonstrated preliminary feasibility in a pilot trial.