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Risk factors for the development of emotional and behavioural problems in children born to drug-dependent mothers

Steinhausen, Hans-Christoph and Mas, Serena Dal and Ledermann, Christoph and Metzke, Christa Winkler. (2006) Risk factors for the development of emotional and behavioural problems in children born to drug-dependent mothers. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 15 (8). pp. 460-466.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The study of biological and psychosocial risk factors for the development of emotional and behavioural problems in children of drug-dependent mothers. METHODS: In a sample of 52 children and drug-dependent mothers participating in a residential intervention programme emotional and behavioural problems were studied in the children by use of the Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL). The Symptom-Checklist Revised (SCL-90-R) served to assess mental problems in the mother. Drug exposure during pregnancy, various psychosocial risk factors due to the drug-career, and educational status of the mother were assessed by maternal interview. A brief assessment of intelligence of the mother was included. RESULTS: Among the various biological and psychosocial risk factors, maternal mental health problems, maternal educational status, and a small number of close social relationships correlated significantly with child outcome variables. Multiple regression analyses identified maternal mental health factors as the main predictors of child behaviour. CONCLUSIONS: Assisting drug-dependent mothers in overcoming the psychosocial sequelae of drug abuse implies also assistance to the children in terms of prevention of emotional and behavioural problems.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Schneider)
UniBasel Contributors:Steinhausen, Hans-Christoph
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1018-8827
e-ISSN:1435-165X
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Deposited On:08 Jun 2012 06:44

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