Young children of parents with substance use disorders (SUD): A review of the literature and implications for social work practice

Neta Peleg-Oren, Meir Teichman

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Abstract

This article reviews the scientific literature that focuses on school-age children of parents with substance use disorder (SUD). The review examined the subjects, instruments, and results of 10 scientific studies published from 1985 to the present (2005). Generally, school-age children of parents with SUD demonstrated a variety of emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and social problems. Specifically, (a) children of drug users (CODs) were at higher risk than children of alcoholics (COAs) for psychopathology and functional impairments, and (b) Children of parents diagnosed as having SUDs (particularly alcohol), along with anti-social personality disorder (ASPD) showed more negative psychosocial outcomes than children whose parents did not have ASPD. Recommendations for future research and implications for social work practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImpact of Substance Abuse on Children and Families
Subtitle of host publicationResearch and Practice Implications
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages49-62
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780203462638
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012

Keywords

  • Children of alcoholics
  • children of drug users
  • school-age children

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