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A comparison of mothers with co-occurring disorders and histories of violence living with or separated from minor children
Psychiatry Publications and Presentations
  • Joanne Nicholson, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Norma Finkelstein, Institute for Health and Recovery
  • Valerie Williams, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Jennifer Thom, ETR Associates/ALLIES
  • Chanson Noether, Policy Research Associates
  • Megan DeVilbiss, Arapahoe House, Inc
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry; Clinical and Population Health Research; Center for Mental Health Services Research
Date
4-29-2006
Document Type
Article
Medical Subject Headings
Adolescent; Adult; Child; Cross-Sectional Studies; *Family Characteristics; Female; Humans; Male; *Mental Disorders; *Minors; Mothers; United States; *Violence
Disciplines
Abstract
Data from the Women with Co-occurring Disorders and Histories of Violence Study are used to examine characteristics distinguishing mothers currently providing care for all their minor children (n = 558) from mothers separated from one or more minor children (n = 1396). Mothers are described and compared on background characteristics and experiences, well-being and current functioning, situational context, and services used. Analyses control for number of children, race, and years of education. Mothers separated from children have more children, less education, have more often been homeless, in juvenile detention or jail, and have lower incomes than mothers living with all their children. Mothers separated from children have more extensive experiences of traumatic and stressful life events, and the groups differ in current functioning and patterns of services used. While cross-sectional data do not allow causal inferences, challenges faced by mothers have significant implications for policy and programs.
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Citation: J Behav Health Serv Res. 2006 Apr;33(2):225-43. Link to article on publisher's site
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Link to Article in PubMed
PubMed ID
16645909
Citation Information
Joanne Nicholson, Norma Finkelstein, Valerie Williams, Jennifer Thom, et al.. "A comparison of mothers with co-occurring disorders and histories of violence living with or separated from minor children" Vol. 33 Iss. 2 (2006) ISSN: 1094-3412 (Print)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/valerie_williams/25/