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(p. 469) Behavioral Couples Therapy for Substance-Abusing Parents 

(p. 469) Behavioral Couples Therapy for Substance-Abusing Parents
(p. 469) Behavioral Couples Therapy for Substance-Abusing Parents

Michelle L. Kelley

, Keith Klostermann

, and James M. Henson

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date: 16 October 2018

This chapter describes Behavioral Couples Therapy (BCT) as an intervention strategy for children who reside with one or more substance-abusing parents for part or all of their childhood and who often experience concomitant family factors associated with parental substance abuse. It begins by reviewing epidemiological evidence on children living with caregivers who are into alcoholism and drug addiction. It then considers the effects of parental substance abuse on children in their homes before turning to a discussion of treatment options for substance-abusing parents and their children. It examines the origins of BCT as well as its primary treatment components, the methods used to address substance use and to enhance relationship functioning, and couples-based relapse prevention and planning. It also assesses evidence for couples-based treatment for substance abusers and their partners and explains why BCT may have secondary benefits for children in their homes. The chapter concludes by outlining how interparental conflict is intrinsically and empirically linked to family processes and parenting.

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