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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2013 Oct;34(10):747-51. doi: 10.3109/01612840.2013.813996.

Social determinants of methadone in pregnancy: violence, social capital, and mental health.

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  • 1Thomas Jefferson University, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.


Mothering and methadone can occur together with the right resources and support. Methadone mothers need to be seen in the context of their social risks and environment. Societal attitudes, social capital, and other contextual variables can be changed through policy. The purpose of this article is to describe the contextual risks experienced by drug abusing mothers in order to direct further research and policy changes that protect their children. Research has focused on biological or genetic determinants, but now social risks and environmental factors are shaping current literature about substance abuse in pregnancy. Significant risk factors, taken from the literature, are detailed, such as intimate partner violence and mental health co-morbidities. Racial differences and the effect of place on pregnant substance abusers are also discussed. Policy recommendations address the barriers substance abusing women face in their journey toward a healthy pregnancy.

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