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(p. 24) Stress and Parental Addiction 

(p. 24) Stress and Parental Addiction
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(p. 24) Stress and Parental Addiction
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Tara M. Chaplin

and Rajita Sinha

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199743100.003.0002
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date: 22 May 2018

This chapter examines how stress affects parenting in addicted individuals and how this may subsequently affect the development of psychopathology and substance use in children. It first reviews evidence linking chronic stressors and vulnerability to drug use, and in particular how stress exposure increases drug self-administration. It then considers how addicted individuals are exposed to psychoactive drugs that act as a pharmacological stressor on biological circuitry involved in stress, emotional arousal/regulation, and reward. It also describes how children act as stressors for addicted parents before concluding with a discussion of sex differences in stress-addiction correlations.

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