Parenting knowledge among substance abusing women in treatment

Martha L. Velez, Lauren M. Jansson, Ivan D. Montoya, Wendy Schweitzer, Archie Golden, Dace Svikis

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The purpose of this study was to assess parenting knowledge and beliefs among drug abusing pregnant and recently postpartum women engaged in a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program. The effects of a parenting skills training program for this population were evaluated. A Parenting Skills Questionnaire was developed and administered to a sample of 73 pregnant and drug-dependent women during their first week of substance abuse treatment and again approximately 7 weeks later, following parenting skills training. The questionnaire was designed to assess whether group and individual parenting sessions changed the subjects' knowledge and beliefs in four parenting domains: newborn care, feeding practices, child development and drug abuse during pregnancy. Pre-intervention scores for all parenting domains were low. Post- vs. pre-intervention comparisons showed significant increases in all domain scores after individual and group parenting skills training. Preliminary results obtained from this clinic-based sample suggest that these substance abusing mothers lacked important parenting knowledge and that this knowledge improved after comprehensive substance abuse treatment that included parenting training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-222
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2004


  • Child development
  • Parenting
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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