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Endogenous and exogenous problems in children of addicted mothers


Lombard, S and F, J and Swabey, K and Pullen, D, Endogenous and exogenous problems in children of addicted mothers, Pediatric Dimensions, 2, (2) pp. 1-6. ISSN 2397-950X (2017) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright: ©2017 Lombard S, J-F Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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DOI: doi:10.15761/PD.1000142


Maternal addiction is a significant factor behind the endogenous and the exogenous problems in children. This study extends the works of Cicchetti and Rizley (1981) by providing developmental parameters to classify, categorize and identify common and salient problems of children of addicted mothers (COAM). An archival method was used to review files (36 files, 69 participants, male=39 and female=30) from a residential drug rehabilitation facility. Files were reviewed in terms of children’s health and psychological problems and the purpose of the study was to discover how maternal addiction negatively influences children in relation to specific drugs; and to determine the severity and the nature of those problems in terms of how maternal addiction translates to particular problems in children. Results showed that common endogenous problems ranged from biological to psychological problems, with cognitive deficits and emotional wellbeing being salient problems. In terms of exogenous problems, unstable home environments, neglect and abuse were salient. A novel finding of this study was the occurrence of enuresis and encopresis for children, up to the age of 17. Implications of the study are discussed.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:drugs, children, psychological problems, maternal addiction
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational counselling
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lombard, S (Ms Samantha Lombard)
UTAS Author:F, J (Dr J F)
UTAS Author:Swabey, K (Professor Karen Swabey)
UTAS Author:Pullen, D (Dr Darren Pullen)
ID Code:117632
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-06-21
Last Modified:2018-06-20
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