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J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2013;12(3):210-27. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2013.798751.

Substance abuse and mental health issues within Native American grandparenting families.

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  • 1University of Massachusetts Boston, College of Public and Community Service, Boston, Massachusetts 02125, USA. sylvia.mignon@umb.edu


Substance abuse and mental health problems among Native Americans are associated with a variety of general health, social, and economic problems. This current study examined Native American grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and found that a child, parent, or grandparent had an alcohol or drug problem in 36% of families. Substance abuse on the part of a parent was correlated with the reasons grandparents were raising their grandchildren. Native American grandparents raising grandchildren cope with a variety of challenges and receive little state-funded assistance or help from others.

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