Children of Mothers with Serious Substance Abuse Problems: An Accumulation of Risks

Nicola A. Conners, Robert H. Bradley, Leanne Whiteside Mansell, Jeffrey Y. Liu, Tracy J. Roberts, Ken Burgdorf, James M. Herrell

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This study examines the life circumstances and experiences of 4084 children affected by maternal addiction to alcohol or other drugs. The paper will address the characteristics of their caregivers, the multiple risk factors faced by these children, their health and development, and their school performance. Data were collected from mothers at intake into 50 publicly funded residential substance abuse treatment programs for pregnant and parenting women. Findings from this study suggest that children whose mothers abuse alcohol or other drugs confront a high level of risk and are at increased vulnerability for physical, academic, and social-emotional problems. Children affected by maternal addiction are in need of long-term supportive services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-100
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Maternal addiction
  • Parenting women
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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