Child Intervention Programs

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Parental substance abuse is something that both directly and indirectly affects a child. Intervention programs have been designed to help eliminate certain risk factors that some adolescents are prone to if they live with at least one parent who has some type of substance abuse problem. Intervention programs vary in many different types and styles. Some intervention programs focus on individuals and others focus on communities or the entire family as as unit. A study done by Lewis, A. J., Holmes, N., Watkins, B., & Mathers, D. (2015) focused on trying to answer whether or not intervention programs aided in reducing the outcomes of parental substance abuse. For this study, the intervention program of focus was named Supporting Kids and…show more content…
The module was presented to fifty-two students in college along with a pretest and posttest that was performed in order to see if the students had gained the knowledge and the necessary skills for being able to screen children for SUD problems within their family and to see their ability to work with families who had been affected by SUD improved. The results showed that those who completed the module had increased their knowledge on working with children of parents who have a substance use disorder by showing an increase in their self-efficacy beliefs and in the necessary abilities needed to effectively work with these children (Wiechelt & Okundaye, 2012). This shows how exposing future working professionals can help them gain the knowledge and skills to better work with the children in this population and help them to the best of their abilities.
It seems that parental involvement is a determining factor in the success or failures of intervention programs. As we saw in the SKATE program outcomes, families that participated in that study showed overall improvements in family relationships which suggested that children were better able to cope with parental drug abuse (Lewis et al. 2015). Those outcomes told researchers that the SKATE program, and intervention programs like it, were promising programs for families struggling due to a
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