Children of substance-abusing parents : current findings from the Focus on Families Project (Chapter 9 of The effects of parental dysfunction on children.)
Catalano, Richard F. Haggerty, Kevin P. Fleming, Charles B. Brewer, Devon D. Gainey, Randy R.
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Publication Information: Chapter 9 of: The effects of parental dysfunction on children. New York : Kluwer Academic/Plenum.
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This chapter summarizes results of a study on the effectiveness of the Focus on Families Project, an intervention that employs group training and home-based services aimed at reducing family-related risk factors, enhancing protective factors, and reducing illicit drug use among parents and their children. Findings indicate the children of recipients of methadone treatment (n=144) displayed higher levels of problem behavior than control children, the parents in treatment were successfully engaged and participated in intensive family interventions, and the risk- and protective-focused intervention increased parent relapse prevention skills. In addition, the intervention had effects on reducing parents' drug use, domestic conflict and deviant peer networks and increased the number of family rules at the 1-year follow-up time point. Finally, the intervention had few impacts on children's reports of risk factors, although 24-month follow-up data revealed trend level lower rates of drug use and delinquent behaviors. 5 tables, 1 figure, and numerous references.
substance abusing parents; intervention; drug treatment programs; childrens services; parenting skills; child health; child safety; outcomes