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

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This article reviews a study that examines the life's of children affected by maternal addiction to alcohol or other drugs. It addresses the characteristics of their caregivers, the multiple risk factors faced by these children, their health and development, and their school performance. 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.

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