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11.01.2017 | Ausgabe 6/2017

Maternal and Child Health Journal 6/2017

Reducing Stress Among Mothers in Drug Treatment: A Description of a Mindfulness Based Parenting Intervention

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Maternal and Child Health Journal > Ausgabe 6/2017
Autoren:
Vanessa L. Short, Meghan Gannon, Wendy Weingarten, Karol Kaltenbach, Marianna LaNoue, Diane J. Abatemarco

Abstract

Background Parenting women with substance use disorder could potentially benefit from interventions designed to decrease stress and improve overall psychosocial health. In this study we assessed whether a mindfulness based parenting (MBP) intervention could be successful in decreasing general and parenting stress in a population of women who are in treatment for substance use disorder and who have infants or young children. Methods MBP participants (N = 59) attended a two-hour session once a week for 12 weeks. Within-group differences on stress outcome measures administered prior to the beginning of the MBP intervention and following the intervention period were investigated using mixed-effects linear regression models accounting for correlations arising from the repeated-measures. Scales assessed for pre-post change included the Perceived Stress Scale-10 (PSS) and the Parenting Stress Index-Short Form (PSI). Results General stress, as measured by the PSS, decreased significantly from baseline to post-intervention. Women with the highest baseline general stress level experienced the greatest change in total stress score. A significant change also occurred across the Parental Distress PSI subscale. Conclusions Findings from this innovative interventional study suggest that the addition of MBP within treatment programs for parenting women with substance use disorder is an effective strategy for reducing stress within this at risk population.

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