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Dissertation - NSU Access Only

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Doctor of Education


Center for the Advancement of Education


Richard Goldman


Parenting, Drug-Addiction, Alcoholism, Dysfunctional Families, Residential, At Risk.


This practicum was designed to enhance the parenting skills of drug-addicted recovering women and to give opportunities for successful family experiences in a half-way house setting. The writer developed a curriculum, led weekly group meetings, arranged for guest speakers, assisted mothers with individual problems, and administered an evaluation. The Walker Problem Behavior Identification Checklist (1983) and the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting Workshop (Dinkmeyer & McKay, 1989) were used. Results were positive. Recovering mothers completed parenting course activities, participated in weekly family experiences to develop bonding, and reported feelings of higher value as parents. Children’s scores on the Walker Problem Behavior Identification Checklist (1983) dropped. The literature review did not reveal any programs designed specifically for drug-addicted recovery mothers.

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