Enrolling and retaining mothers of substance-exposed infants in drug abuse treatment

Gayle A. Dakof, Tanya J. Quille, Manuel J. Tejeda, Linda R. Alberga, Emmalee Bandstra, José Szapocznik

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This study provided an experimental test of a drug abuse treatment enrollment and retention intervention in a sample of 103 Black mothers of substance-exposed infants. Significantly more women assigned to the Engaging Moms Program enrolled into drug abuse treatment than did women assigned to the control condition (88% vs. 46%). Sixty-seven percent of participants in the Engaging Moms Program received at least 4 weeks of drug abuse treatment compared with 38% of the control women. However, there were no differences between the groups 90 days following treatment entry. Logistic regressions revealed that readiness for treatment predicted both short-term and long-term treatment retention. The Engaging Moms Program has considerable promise in facilitating treatment entry and short-term retention, but it did not influence long-term retention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)764-772
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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