Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
The purpose of this study was to examine attitudes of substance-abusing mothers and fathers entering outpatient treatment toward allowing their children to participate in individual- or family-based interventions. Data were collected from a brief anonymous survey completed by adults at intake into a large substance abuse treatment program in western New York. Only one-third of parents reported that they would be willing to allow their children to participate in any form of mental health treatment. Results of chi-square analyses revealed that a significantly greater proportion of mothers reported that they would allow their children to participate in mental health treatment (41%) compared to fathers (28%). Results of logistic regression analyses revealed even after controlling for child age, mothers were more likely than fathers to indicate their willingness to allow their children to receive mental health treatment; however, type of substance abuse (alcohol versus drug abuse) was not associated with parents' willingness to allow their children to receive treatment. Parental reluctance to allow their children to receive individual or family-based treatment is a significant barrier in efforts to intervene with these at-risk children.
Original Publication Citation
Kelley, M. L., D'Lima, G. M., Henson, J. M., & Cotten, C. (2014). Substance-abusing mothers and fathers' willingness to allow their children to receive mental health treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 47(1), 106-111. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2014.02.007
Kelley, Michelle L.; D'Lima, Gabrielle M.; Henson, James M.; and Cotton, Cayla, "Substance-Abusing Mothers and fathers' Willingness to Allow Their Children to Receive Mental Health Treatment" (2014). Psychology Faculty Publications. 74.