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(p. 344) Children Exposed to Parental Substance Abuse who are Placed in Foster Care: An Attachment Perspective 

(p. 344) Children Exposed to Parental Substance Abuse who are Placed in Foster Care: An Attachment Perspective
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(p. 344) Children Exposed to Parental Substance Abuse who are Placed in Foster Care: An Attachment Perspective
Author(s):

Mirjam Kalland

and Jari Sinkkonen

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199743100.003.0017
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date: 17 August 2018

This chapter examines, from an attachment perspective, the risk and protective factors associated with placing children of substance-abusing parents in foster care. It first reviews empirical evidence on risk factors associated with foster care, with particular emphasis on children who have been removed from the care of parents due to the latter’s substance abuse problems. It then presents the results of a study that investigated attachment characteristics and relationships in foster families, including two case vignettes. It concludes with specific recommendations for developing optimal foster care services for children who have been exposed to parental substance abuse.

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