Date of Award

Summer 8-18-2010

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

James Emshoff

Second Advisor

Gabriel Kuperminc

Third Advisor

Roderick Watts


Substance dependency can affect a mother‘s health and her ability to parent. A cross sectional study was implemented to better understand resources of African American mothers in recovery from substance dependence. A convenience sample of 38 African American mothers at two drug treatment centers in Atlanta, Georgia completed the Michigan Screening Profile of Parents (Helfer, Hoffmeister, & Schneider, 1978). Results indicated that women who perceived that their emotional needs were being met were less likely to use maladaptive coping skills. Mothers who used less maladaptive coping skills were less likely to report negative interactions with their children. Results have implications for the needs of African Americans mothers in substance abuse treatment. Follow up studies may benefit from the use of longitudinal and qualitative research methods in order to comprehensively explain the impact of lifetime social supports on maladaptive coping and negative parenting behaviors for African American mothers in recovery.


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