The Effect of Recovery Coaches for Substance-Involved Mothers in Child Welfare: Impact on Juvenile Delinquency

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Siegel, Jonah, and Joseph P. Ryan. 2013. "The Effect of Recovery Coaches for Substance-Involved Mothers in Child Welfare: Impact on Juvenile Delinquency." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 45(4): 381-387.

Despite the documented relationship between parental substance abuse and youth delinquency, the effects of parental interventions on delinquency outcomes are unknown. Such interventions are particularly vital for families in the child welfare system who are at heightened risk for both parental substance involvement and youth delinquency. The current study tested the impact of intensive case management in the form of a recovery coach for substance-involved mothers on youth delinquency outcomes among a randomized sample of 453 families involved in a Title IV-E experimental waiver demonstration in Cook County, Illinois. In comparison to control group participants, families enrolled in the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) waiver demonstration experienced a lower rate of juvenile arrest, net of factors such as demographic characteristics, primary drug of choice, and time spent in substitute care. Findings support efforts to curb delinquency among child-welfare involved youth by providing recovery coaches to their substance abusing or dependent parents. (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

10.1016/j.jsat.2013.05.010

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