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(p. 235) Interventions for Children of Substance-Using Parents 

(p. 235) Interventions for Children of Substance-Using Parents
(p. 235) Interventions for Children of Substance-Using Parents

Susan Minear

and Barry Zuckerman

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date: 21 January 2019

This chapter describes interventions for children of substance-using parents. More specifically, it considers an approach that pediatric and other child health professionals can use in caring for children affected by their parents' substance use. It first outlines a perinatal intervention for newborns exposed to alcohol and drugs in utero and developmentally focused care for young children in the primary care setting. The importance of relationships is emphasized: mother and infant, clinician and mother, father to mother, and child to clinician. The chapter then examines the medical and developmental problems experienced by children of substance-using parents as well as the protective or counterproductive influences of extended family members on child development before proposing medically and developmentally appropriate interventions and highlighting areas that require further research.

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