Title

A comparison of mothers with co-occurring disorders and histories of violence living with or separated from minor children

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry; Clinical and Population Health Research; Center for Mental Health Services Research

Date

4-29-2006

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Adolescent; Adult; Child; Cross-Sectional Studies; *Family Characteristics; Female; Humans; Male; *Mental Disorders; *Minors; Mothers; United States; *Violence

Disciplines

Psychiatry

Abstract

Data from the Women with Co-occurring Disorders and Histories of Violence Study are used to examine characteristics distinguishing mothers currently providing care for all their minor children (n = 558) from mothers separated from one or more minor children (n = 1396). Mothers are described and compared on background characteristics and experiences, well-being and current functioning, situational context, and services used. Analyses control for number of children, race, and years of education. Mothers separated from children have more children, less education, have more often been homeless, in juvenile detention or jail, and have lower incomes than mothers living with all their children. Mothers separated from children have more extensive experiences of traumatic and stressful life events, and the groups differ in current functioning and patterns of services used. While cross-sectional data do not allow causal inferences, challenges faced by mothers have significant implications for policy and programs.

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Citation: J Behav Health Serv Res. 2006 Apr;33(2):225-43. Link to article on publisher's site

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