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CABC Seminar: "Parental Substance Use and Developmental Outcomes: Implications for Prevention"


Rina Das Eiden, PhD (Penn State University)

ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUESTED BY APRIL 25: Pre-to-postnatal substance exposure is a significant public health concern with high risk for adverse family processes and developmental outcomes. In addition to potential genetic and teratological effects, prenatal substance exposure is often a marker for continued postnatal exposure, changes in caregiving contexts, higher caregiver psychological distress, and violence exposure. Similarly, substance use disorders among fathers increase risks for negative family processes with long term implications for development. These additional risk factors may have independent effects on developmental outcomes but may also serve as mediators or have additive effects. Conversely, positive caregiver-child interactions, availability of alternate caregivers, protective community and school contexts, and individual differences in person characteristics (intellect, temperament, social orientation, etc.) may all serve as protective factors even in the context of parental substance use disorders, although limited studies have examined protective processes among substance-exposed children. Given these complexities, there is an urgent need for the field to use developmental frameworks that consider multiple potential mechanisms for risk or resilience and provide a theoretical framework for addressing heterogeneity in outcomes. The goal of this presentation will be to discuss three longitudinal studies of pre-postnatal substance exposure (including fathers' alcohol use disorders) and translation from these cohort studies to prevention. Dr. Rina Das Eiden is Professor of Psychology at Penn State and Associate Training Director of the Prevention and Methodology Training Program funded by NIDA. More information on her work can be found here: MORE EVENT DETAILS:


Medicine, Natural Sciences, Research