Parent and child co-resident status among an Australian community-based sample of methamphetamine smokers.

Parent and child co-resident status among an Australian community-based sample of methamphetamine smokers.

Bernadette Ward, Rebecca Kippen, Andrea Reupert, Darryl Maybery, Paul Agius , Brendan Quinn, Rebecca Jenkinson, Matthew Hickman, Keith Sutton, Rachael Goldsmith and Paul Dietze

Journal article— September 2020

Children in families where there is substance misuse are at high risk of being removed from their parents' care. This study describes the characteristics of a sample of parents who primarily smoke methamphetamine and their child or children's residential status. The study also compares parents without co‐resident children to parents with co‐resident children.

Findings include that fathers with co‐resident children were more likely to be partnered and not to have experienced violence in the previous 6 months and mothers with co‐resident children were less likely to have been homeless recently or to have accessed treatment for methamphetamine use.

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