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Comiskey, Catherine and Milnes, Jennie and Daly, Maeve (2017) Parents who use drugs: the well-being of parent and child dyads among people receiving harm reduction interventions for opiate use. Journal of Substance Use , 22 , (2) , pp. 206-210.


Background: This article provides baseline measurement of health outcomes for parent and child dyads among people receiving interventions for opiate use. 

 

Method: A cohort study was implemented among 171 participants with 235 children in three urban sites in Ireland in 2010/11. Adult and child outcomes were measured using the Short Form 12, the Becks Depression and Anxiety Inventories, the Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire and the Kidscreen 27. 

 

Results: Over 60% of adult participants grew up in a household with at least one person who used substances. The main substance used was alcohol followed by heroin. A correlation was found between increasing adult anxiety and growing up in a home with a person using substances . Children of current parents had more difficulties with emotional and conduct problems, as compared to international norms. Correlations existed between current parental depression and anxiety and child conduct disorder. 

 

Conclusions: Parents who use drugs are part of the so-called “sandwich generation”. Monitoring and evaluation of interventions that address outcomes across generations of parental and child dyads are lacking.

Item Type:Article
Date:2017
Page Range:pp. 206-210
Publisher:Informa healthcare
Volume:22
Number:2
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Accession Number:HRB (Available)
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Subjects:B Substances > Opioids (opiates)
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention approach
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Parent-child relations
T Demographic characteristics > Substance user
T Demographic characteristics > Child of substance user
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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