Parenting knowledge among substance abusing women in treatment

J Subst Abuse Treat. 2004 Oct;27(3):215-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2004.07.004.


The purpose of this study was to assess parenting knowledge and beliefs among drug abusing pregnant and recently postpartum women engaged in a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program. The effects of a parenting skills training program for this population were evaluated. A Parenting Skills Questionnaire was developed and administered to a sample of 73 pregnant and drug-dependent women during their first week of substance abuse treatment and again approximately 7 weeks later, following parenting skills training. The questionnaire was designed to assess whether group and individual parenting sessions changed the subjects' knowledge and beliefs in four parenting domains: newborn care, feeding practices, child development and drug abuse during pregnancy. Pre-intervention scores for all parenting domains were low. Post- vs. pre-intervention comparisons showed significant increases in all domain scores after individual and group parenting skills training. Preliminary results obtained from this clinic-based sample suggest that these substance abusing mothers lacked important parenting knowledge and that this knowledge improved after comprehensive substance abuse treatment that included parenting training.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • African Continental Ancestry Group / education*
  • African Continental Ancestry Group / psychology
  • Alcoholism / rehabilitation
  • Baltimore
  • Child Rearing
  • Child, Preschool
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Education*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Heroin Dependence / rehabilitation
  • Humans
  • Illicit Drugs*
  • Infant
  • Infant Care
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Mothers / education*
  • Mothers / psychology
  • Opioid-Related Disorders / rehabilitation
  • Patient Care Team
  • Pregnancy
  • Psychotherapy, Group
  • Public Assistance
  • Substance-Related Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Urban Population*


  • Illicit Drugs