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Children impacted by parental substance abuse: an evaluation of the supporting kids and their environment program

Lewis, Andrew J., Holmes, Natalie-Mai, Watkins, Brittany and Mathers, Donna 2015, Children impacted by parental substance abuse: an evaluation of the supporting kids and their environment program, Journal of child and family studies, vol. 24, no. 8, pp. 2398-2406, doi: 10.1007/s10826-014-0043-0.

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Title Children impacted by parental substance abuse: an evaluation of the supporting kids and their environment program
Author(s) Lewis, Andrew J.
Holmes, Natalie-Mai
Watkins, Brittany
Mathers, Donna
Journal name Journal of child and family studies
Volume number 24
Issue number 8
Start page 2398
End page 2406
Total pages 9
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2015-08
ISSN 1062-1024
Summary The deleterious impact of parental substance abuse on child development and family functioning is well established. However, evaluations of interventions designed to ameliorate such impacts are very limited. This paper presents the results of a service evaluation using a pre-post design of the Supporting Kids And Their Environment (SKATE) program; a child-focused group program run by Glastonbury Community Services from 2006 to 2010 in the Geelong region of Victoria, Australia. The intervention was an 8-week psycho-educative model that used family-based techniques. Outcomes are reported for child behavior problems, assessed on the Child Behavior Checklist, and family functioning, assessed on the Family Support Scale. A total of 89 children and families within 13 intervention groups were recruited via adult Drug and Alcohol Services (Mean age = 10.4 years; SD = 2.4). Results suggest reductions in emotional and behavioral problems in children as well as improving family functioning with small to moderate effect sizes after children’s participation in the SKATE program compared to pre-test. These preliminary findings suggest that children whose parents are substance abusing are a high-risk group but they may benefit from targeted intervention programs that are well integrated with the adult drug treatment system. Such interventions warrant further development and evaluation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10826-014-0043-0
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
1701 Psychology
2004 Linguistics
170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920414 Substance Abuse
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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