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(p. 258) The Substance-Exposed Dyad: Evaluation and Intervention in the Perinatal Period 

(p. 258) The Substance-Exposed Dyad: Evaluation and Intervention in the Perinatal Period
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(p. 258) The Substance-Exposed Dyad: Evaluation and Intervention in the Perinatal Period
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Martha L. Velez

and Lauren M. Jansson

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199743100.003.0013
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date: 17 August 2018

This chapter examines the problems faced by drug-dependent pregnant women and their effects on the relationship between mother and infant. Based on a theoretical framework, review of the literature, clinical observations, and empirical data, the chapter describes some of the complex health and social problems that characterize substance abuse during the perinatal period, including psychosocial stress. It also considers the effects of such problems on child development before concluding with some recommended interventions for the comprehensive treatment of substance-abusing pregnant and postpartum women, including pharmacological treatment, opioid replacement, behavioral therapy, and psychoeducational therapy.

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