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Mothers with substance and alcohol abuse—support through pregnancy and early infancy

Journal article
Authors Monica Nordenfors
Ingrid Höjer
Published in Social work in health care
Volume 56
Issue 5
Pages 381-399
ISSN 0098-1389
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Social Work
Pages 381-399
Language en
Keywords Health care, maternal, psychosocial intervention, social support, social work
Subject categories Family research, Sociology


This article is about the support given to pregnant women and mothers, at an antenatal and child welfare team in Gothenburg (Sweden), specialised on working with mothers who abuse alcohol and/or other substances. The study consists of interviews with 17 women. The aim of the article is to account for how the women experienced the support they got and how they perceived the impact. The results show the importance for the staff of finding the balance between control and support and of creating a non-judgmental attitude in order to build trusting relationships with the women. The organization of the MBHV-team is a prerequisite for the staff to be able to design support based on an assessment of the mother's whole situation.

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