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O'Neill, Therese and Fitzgerald, Michael and McGee, Hannah (1991) Use of alcohol and other drugs by mothers and children attending a child psychiatric clinic. Irish Journal of Psychiatry , 12 , (2) , pp. 3-5.

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Examined alcohol and drug use of 30 mothers and their children (aged 5-16 yrs) attending a child psychiatric clinic. 13% of mothers were problem drinkers by the Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test classification, 13% were taking benzodiazepines daily, and 7% were taking those drugs on an irregular basis. Regarding children, 20% reported smoking cigarettes, 10% drank alcohol, and 6% used drugs on at least one occasion. No relationships were found between maternal drug use and child behavior problems as rated by teachers. Levels of alcohol consumption by mothers were high, indicating that alcohol use in the family may be a target for intervention in the child psychiatry context.

 

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