Substance dependent women becoming mothers – breaking the intergenerational transference of substance use disorders
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AbstractChildren born to substance-dependent mothers who themselves have had an upbringing disturbed by parental substance-abuse, are at high risk. The mothers in this study represent a vulnerable group, difficult for researchers and support systems to access. We need to extend our knowledge on pregnant women and families with substance-dependence. We approached mothers with upbringing disturbed by parental substance-abuse problems, their significant others, and professionals in this kind of treatment. The women described a marginalised life. They struggled to abstain from substances, process traumatic experiences and integrate their family into society. The significant others had limited resources and were exposed to cumulative risk factors. The relationships were, nevertheless, close and reliable. Supporting the existing social network is important. Combining treatment of SUD, interventions to improve parenting, and looking after the needs of children, seemed to be a challenging task for the professionals, who seemed to focus either on the parent or the child. Some professionals expressed tensions between groups of professionals and the need to focus on their own emotion regulation.
List of papers
|Paper I: Wiig, E.M., Haugland, B.S.M., Halsa, A. & Myhra, S.M. (2014). Substance-dependent women becoming mothers: breaking the cycle of adverse childhood experiences. Child & Family Social Work. The paper is not available in DUO due to publisher restrictions. The published version is available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12190|
|Paper II: Wiig, E.M., Halsa, A. & Haugland, B.S.M. (2016). Social support available for substance-dependent mothers from families with parental substance abuse. Child & Family Social Work. The paper is not available in DUO due to publisher restrictions. The published version is available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12341|
|Paper III Wiig, E.M., Halsa, A., Bramness, J., Myra S.M. & Haugland, B.S.M. (2018). Rescue the child versus treat the adult? Understandings among professionals in dual treatment of substance use disorders and parenting. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Vol 35 (3). The manuscript is included in the thesis. Published version is available here: https://doi.org/10.1177/1455072518773615|