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Influence of Negative Childhood Experiences on Psychological Functioning, Social Support and Parenting in Mothers Recovering from Addiction

Harmer, Antoinette; Sanderson, Jennifer; Mertin, Peter

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Objective: This study was conducted with mothers recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and had three aims: first, to understand the range of negative childhood events these mothers experienced; second, to understand their current level of distress and their parenting experiences; and third, to examine the relationships between negative childhood events and parenting experiences. Method: Forty-six mothers participated in a cross-sectional exploratory study and completed a range of...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHarmer, Antoinette
dc.contributor.authorSanderson, Jennifer
dc.contributor.authorMertin, Peter
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:22:33Z
dc.identifier.issn0145-2134
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/91508
dc.description.abstractObjective: This study was conducted with mothers recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and had three aims: first, to understand the range of negative childhood events these mothers experienced; second, to understand their current level of distress and their parenting experiences; and third, to examine the relationships between negative childhood events and parenting experiences. Method: Forty-six mothers participated in a cross-sectional exploratory study and completed a range of self-report measures, including the Child Abuse and Trauma Scale, Social Support Inventory, CES-D, Parenting Stress Index, and the Parenting Scale. Results: When compared to norming samples these mothers reported significantly higher levels of aversive childhood experiences, psychological distress, parenting stress and use of problematic parenting behaviors along with lower levels of social support. Higher levels of neglect and growing up in a negative home environment were significantly correlated with lower levels of social support from the family, higher levels of distress and parenting stress, and greater use of problematic parenting behaviors. Conclusion: For this sample there is a greater incidence of aversive childhood experiences and greater problems with maternal functioning. Mothers recovering from addiction have an additional need for clinical attention towards issues of recovery from childhood abuse and responding to parenting difficulties with their own children.
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.sourceChild Abuse and Neglect
dc.subjectKeywords: addiction; article; child abuse; child development; child parent relation; clinical article; human; social support; Adult; Behavior, Addictive; Child; Child Abuse; Child, Preschool; Convalescence; Cross-Sectional Studies; Female; Humans; Maternal Behavior Childhood abuse; Parenting stress; Recovery; Social support
dc.titleInfluence of Negative Childhood Experiences on Psychological Functioning, Social Support and Parenting in Mothers Recovering from Addiction
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume23
dc.date.issued1999
local.identifier.absfor170102 - Developmental Psychology and Ageing
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub22268
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationHarmer, Antoinette, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationSanderson, Jennifer, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMertin, Peter, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage421
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage433
local.identifier.doi10.1016/S0145-2134(99)00020-4
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T09:11:33Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-0032905421
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