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Does family intervention for adolescent substance use impact parental mental health? A systematic review

Yuen, Eva Y. N. and Toumbourou, John 2008, Does family intervention for adolescent substance use impact parental mental health? A systematic review, Australian e-journal for the advancement of mental health, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 1-14.

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Title Does family intervention for adolescent substance use impact parental mental health? A systematic review
Author(s) Yuen, Eva Y. N.
Toumbourou, JohnORCID iD for Toumbourou, John orcid.org/0000-0002-8431-3762
Journal name Australian e-journal for the advancement of mental health
Volume number 7
Issue number 3
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher Auseinet
Place of publication Adelaide, S. Aust.
Publication date 2008-11
ISSN 1446-7984
Keyword(s) adolescents
substance abuse
family intervention
parenting
wellbeing
depression
Summary Adolescent substance abuse is a prevalent problem and both individual and group family interventions are increasingly being used to assist families to cope. A literature review was conducted to identify whether individual and group family interventions for adolescent substance abuse enhance the mental health of parents and other family members. The review also sought to identify direct and indirect effects of family intervention processes on depressive symptoms and general distress. Based on quality criteria a total of nine studies were included. Of these, six quantitatively examined family intervention outcomes on family member mental health, with all six reporting positive effects. Four of the nine studies measured levels of depressive symptoms and three of these four studies reported significant direct effects of family intervention on parental depression. The positive effects were also found in the three qualitative studies included in the review. Indirect therapeutic mechanisms that contributed to mental health improvements included: reduction of stress symptoms, improved coping, improved family functioning, more effective parenting behaviours, attitude changes, perceived changes in relative’s substance use, and improved social support. The available literature suggests that a number of determinants of family mental health may potentially be impacted through family intervention for adolescent substance abuse. However, definitive conclusions cannot be made at this point as the literature is mostly descriptive and there have been few longitudinal studies or randomised controlled trials.
Language eng
Field of Research 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017394

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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