The purpose of this systematic review of the literature was to explore evidence-based practices used to help children who have been prenatally exposed to drugs. This review helps to gain a better understanding of the effects that prenatal drug exposure has on children and the types of resources and supports that have been developed to assist them. This systematic review analyzed the content of 20 empirically researched articles written over the last 20 years. Results of this literature review found that behavioral, cognitive, and developmental outcomes of drug-exposed children can be improved by home-based and center-based interventions as well as educational support. Services that improve outcomes included speech therapy, occupational therapy, developmental assessments, developmental play activities, social skills trainings, case management, support for parents, parent education, referrals to community resources, mental health screenings, and trainings for social workers and other professionals who work with drug exposed children. Recommendations for future research practice and policies for drug exposed children are also presented.
|Commitee:||Meyer-Adams, Nancy, Potts, Marilyn|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Social work, Individual & family studies|
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