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ERIC Number: EJ1126713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
Mothering from the Inside out: A Mentalization-Based Therapy for Mothers in Treatment for Substance Misuse
Suchman, Nancy E.
ZERO TO THREE, v37 n3 p35-40 Jan 2017
Not all mothers who struggle with drug addiction have difficulties parenting, but many of them do. Moreover, evidence-based parenting programs that have proven efficacious with other parent populations often fail with mothers who are fighting chronic substance addiction, perhaps because of the neurobiological changes in neural reward circuitry that they face. This article describes an intervention for mothers called Mothering From the Inside Out (MIO) that was designed to support the mother's capacity to manage emotional distress in the parenting role while recovering from addiction. In two randomized clinical trials, MIO has demonstrated efficacy for improving the mother's capacity for mentalizing (making sense of her own and her young child's affective experiences) in order to counteract the psychological deficits that are commonly associated with drug addiction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: R01DA17294; K23DA14606; K02DA023504