UB REASEARCH PROJECT FOR CDHS CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
CDHS, College Relations Group (Buffalo State College Research Foundation) with
State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Social Work
Work Plan Agreement
December 21, 2004 – December 30, 2005
Meg Brin, Child Welfare Administrative Director
David Peters, Sr. Child Welfare Trainer
James Brustman, Child Welfare Trainer
Will Rea Child Welfare Trainer
CC02 Child Welfare
Dr. Nancy J. Smyth, Associate Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo, School
of Social Work.
Paulette Giarratano, MSW, Ph.D. student, State University of New York at Buffalo, School
of Social Work
Research Project: Research the effects of maternal substance use and trauma-based psychiatric
disorders has on parenting, and identification of specific interventions to decrease impact on her
Overview: The purpose of this project is to (1) Search the professional literature for empirically
based findings that identify the impact of substance abuse on women and its effects on parenting,
(2) to identify trauma-based psychiatric disorders and determine its effects on parenting, (3) to
identify evidenced based interventions to decrease maternal substance abuse and improve
parenting skills, (4) to identify the effects maternal substance abuse and trauma-based psychiatric
disorders have on children, (5) to identify specific motivators that maintain substance abuse by
women, with emphasis on mothers.
Purpose: This project will provide CDHS with information on the effects of trauma-based
psychiatric disorders and substance abuse has on parenting and children. It will also identify
specific interventions to decrease maternal substance abuse and inadequate parenting,
Core application: CC02 OCFS Child Welfare/Child Protective Services Outcome-Based
Rationale: Children who are exposed to substance abusing parents and the subsequent problems
that arise from it are more at risk in developing future substance use and psychiatric disorders
themselves. It is beneficial to identify the impact that trauma-based psychiatric disorders and
substance use has on children, and specific motivators that maintain maternal substance abuse.
This information is important to identify specific interventions that can be implemented to
decrease or inhibit the impact these problems have on parenting and the negative effects on
1. Update Rinfrette’s literature search on the impact of alcohol/other drugs on women, on
trauma-based psychiatric disorders in women, and on the impact of these conditions on a
woman’s ability to adequately parent children.
2. Search literature to identify possible motivators that maintain maternal substance abuse.
3. Search literature to identify intervention models targeting substance-abusing mothers and
their children, especially those with some evidence supporting them.
a. Identify those that target important factors identified in #1 and #2 above,
b. Identify any key missing intervention components based on knowledge base
identified in #1 and #2