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Georgia State: Parents in Rehab Can Benefit from Child Care Training

Mothers living in a residential recovery program can benefit from training designed to help them better identify and respond to their children’s health care needs, according to a study co-authored by students and faculty at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University.

The paper, “Training mothers recovering from substance abuse to identify and treat their children’s illnesses”, found that mothers with a history of substance abuse can benefit from parenting interventions, even when the program may not be specifically tailored for the population.

The study, published in the International Journal of Child Health and Human Development, was co-authored by Ms. Lela Strong, Dr. John Lutzker, Distinguished University Professor and director of The Center for Healthy Development; Ms. Julie Jabaley, Dr. Jenelle Shanley, assistant professor of health promotion and behavior; Dr. Shannon Self-Brown, associate professor of health promotion and behavior, and Ms. Katelyn Guastaferro.

The research assessed the use of the SafeCare™ Health Module to help mothers of children under 5 identify and respond appropriately to symptoms and illnesses in their children. SafeCare™ is an evidence-based home visitation program developed at The Center for Healthy Development at the School of Public Health that has been shown to reduce child maltreatment among families with a history of maltreatment or risk factors for maltreatment.

The study focused on medical care for children of mothers at risk for abuse and neglect because of the potential harm to children who are then at greater risk of poor health outcomes, including possible future drug and alcohol abuse.

The study found that the mothers responded favorably to the modules offered by the trained home visitors, and that roommates and friends of the participants requested the training themselves.

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