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Relationship between Trauma and Risky Behavior in Substance-Abusing Parents Involved in a Family Dependency Treatment Court
Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma
  • Tegan Lesperance, University of South Florida
  • Kathleen A. Moore, University of South Florida
  • Blake Barrett, University of South Florida
  • M. Scott Young, University of South Florida
  • Colleen Clark, University of South Florida
  • Ezra Ochshorn, University of South Florida
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2011
Keywords
  • child welfare,
  • risky behavior,
  • substance abuse,
  • trauma
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
https://doi.org/10.1080/10926771.2011.546752
Abstract

This exploratory study examined participants in a Family Dependency Treatment Court (FDTC), designed for substance-abusing parents whose children were removed from the home. Twenty-five participants were interviewed one year after FDTC enrollment to assess retrospectively the relationship between trauma history and risky behaviors. Treatment compliance rates were found to be high, and most participants had negative urinalysis results. Qualitative analyses revealed that approximately half of the participants attributed decreases in risky behaviors to the FDTC program. This study increases understanding of the effect of substance abuse and trauma on high-risk behaviors and might help to improve services for substance-abusing parents involved in the child welfare system. Finally, the future success of reducing child abuse and neglect and parental substance use could hinge on the partnership between judicial and substance abuse treatment through FDTCs. Findings from this exploratory pilot study should be replicated with more representative and larger samples.

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, v. 20, issue 2, p. 163-174

Citation Information
Tegan Lesperance, Kathleen A. Moore, Blake Barrett, M. Scott Young, et al.. "Relationship between Trauma and Risky Behavior in Substance-Abusing Parents Involved in a Family Dependency Treatment Court" Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma Vol. 20 Iss. 2 (2011) p. 163 - 174
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kathleen_moore/57/