Parental substance use disorder and child abuse: risk factors for child maltreatment?

Anna Goldberg, Eric Blaauw

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Although the literature consistently shows an association between parental substance use disorders (SUDs) and child abuse, it is unknown what factors discern non-abusive and abusive parents with SUDs. This study aims to investigate which specific risk factors are associated with child abuse in clinically treated parents with SUDs in the Netherlands. It examines two groups of parents with SUDs in a clinical setting, with and without known instances of child abuse. These groups were compared on SUD-related factors such as the type and severity of the SUDs, and variables addressing psychological disability such as comorbid diagnoses and quality of life. Besides a marginally significant difference in severity of addiction and a lower mean age of the parents in the child abuse group, no significant differences were found. The small sample size and the inherent difficulty of studying SUDs in a clinical sample likely affected the results
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)959-969
JournalPsychiatry, Psychology and Law
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2019


  • child abuse


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