KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Mindfulness Builds Positive Parenting for Moms in Opioid Use Treatment

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 @ 12:59 PM

I’m delighted to share the results of a research study on a mindfulness-based parenting (MBP) intervention for mothers in treatment for opioid use disorders. With the abundance of news reports about the opioid epidemic, it’s heartening to share some good news regarding families affected by opioid misuse. This study is of special interest to me because it was carried out at the women’s substance abuse treatment center in Philadelphia where I worked for nine years.  As someone who formerly worked in this challenging field, I found this article inspiring. This relatively brief and inexpensive MBP group intervention produced an incredibly large change in the parenting behavior of mothers who struggled with multiple risk factors. 

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Tags: parenting behavior, mindfulness based parenting, adverse experiences/toxic stress, ACE, opioid addiction, opioid use treatment

Mindfulness Based Parenting for Mothers in Substance Abuse Treatment

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 @ 02:27 PM


Parenting behavior is important for ALL families.  It has been described as the single most important contributor to healthy child development and well-being as it results in secure attachment, protects against childhood neglect and abuse, encourages the child’s social development, and guards against toxic stress.  For substance using mothers,  parenting assessment and intervention are critical, as these mothers are at high risk for maladaptive parenting and high parenting stress, affecting the healthy development of their children.

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, mindfulness based parenting, substance abuse treatment