Description of a behavioral intervention to reduce substance use and related risk and increase positive parenting among urban mothers with alcohol and other drug problems

Noelle R. Leonard, Marya V. Gwadz, Gricel N. Arredondo, Marion Riedel, Lauren Rotko, Emily J. Hardcastle, Jodi C. Potere

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Abstract

The abuse of alcohol and other substances by mothers raising adolescent children has serious adverse effects on family functioning and youth outcomes, and on mothers' own health and adaptation. Mothers who are also HIV-infected face additional challenges. In the present report, we describe a multi-session intervention conducted in individual sessions for mothers with alcohol and other substance use problems who are raising adolescent children. We outline the primary components of the intervention and include case studies and examples of exercises and tools. We found that engagement with the intervention and high rates of attendance were facilitated by tapping into mothers' desires to improve their relationships with their adolescent children, the use of a harm reduction approach toward substance use, and intensive outreach. We also discuss lessons learned in the course of implementing and evaluating the intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)531-544
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2007

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Alcohol
  • HIV
  • Intervention
  • Mothers
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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