Journal article

A delicate balance: intervention with mothers with dual diagnosis and their infants

Menka Tsantefski, Alun C Jackson, Cathy Humphreys

ADVANCES IN DUAL DIAGNOSIS | EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

Purpose – Women with mental illness, substance-dependence or dual diagnosis are at increased risk of losing care of their children which leads to poorer outcomes for mothers. The purpose of this paper is to explore the service response to substance-dependent mothers, many of whom had a dual diagnosis, and reports outcomes for their infants from the perinatal period to the end of each infant's first year. Design/methodology/approach – This was a longitudinal case study of 20 women substance-dependent women and their associated care. Semi-structured interviews were held with mothers recruited from a specialist alcohol and other drug obstetric service at infant age six weeks, six and 12 months...

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