This interesting research article came across my inbox recently from the Child Welfare Information Gateway. The research discusses how substance abuse can effect maternal-infant attachment and relationship. The Child Welfare Information Gateway also included a helpful accompanying practice resorource.
Maternal addiction and its effects on children is a major public health problem, often leading to high rates of child abuse, neglect and foster care placement. In a study published today in the journal Human Brain Mapping, researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Iowa found that a mother's brain response to her own infant is modified in the presence of substance addiction.
Study: Mothers with substance addictions show reduced reward responses when viewing their own infant's face
Information Gateway resource: Casework Practice: Behavioral Health & Wellness
Follow here to read the entire article discussing this research out of Baylor College of Medicine.