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Impact of parents' substance misuse on children: an update

  • Richard Velleman and Lorna J. Templeton
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We review how research over the past decade both supports existing knowledge about the risk factors that children in the UK affected by parental substance misuse face, and adds to our knowledge about the protective factors, protective processes and evidence of resilience which can reduce the likelihood that children will experience poor outcomes. Further research is needed to understand what areas of resilience are most important to target and how other variables, such as gender or age, may influence how protective factors affect the development of resilience. Longitudinal research is also needed to better understand how an individual's resilience may change over time. Finally, there remain many considerable challenges which practitioners, service providers, commissioners and policy makers face in better meeting the needs of this population of children.

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Professor Richard Velleman, Department of Psychology, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK. Email: R.D.B.Velleman@bath.ac.uk
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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

• Understand effective mechanisms for reducing risk, developing protective factors and building resilience in children affected by parental substance misuse

• Be able to focus on the child's needs, not the parental problems, and on maximising the necessary beneficial factors in their lives

• Be able to incorporate the ideas within this article into clinical and therapeutic practice

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