A Parenting and Self-Care Intervention for Substance-Using Mothers: Promoting Resilience Among Israeli and Palestinian People

  • Debra A. MurphyEmail author
Part of the Advances in Mental Health and Addiction book series (AMHA)


This chapter addresses the important and overlooked issue of parenting skills among adults with serious illness often brought on by unsafe drug injection and sexual activity. The problem exists in the Middle East region and served as a focal point for Israeli Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research (RADAR) Center—Ben-Gurion University and Substance Abuse Research Center (SARC) Palestinian leadership to promote a common response to the condition. The regional intervention strategy is derived from a pilot study to assess the effects of a new intervention for mothers living with HIV/AIDS (MLH) entitled “IMAGE” (Improving Mothers’ parenting Abilities, Growth, and Effectiveness). The intervention, based on Fisher and Fisher’s IMB Model (Psychological Bulletin 111(3), 455–474, 1992), focuses on improving parenting behaviors and self-care skills of MLH and thus having an impact on child outcomes including depression, self-concept, and the parent–child relationship. It showed significant effects of the intervention for improving parenting practices for mothers. The intervention also improved, to a lesser extent, self-care skills of the mothers. Child behavior problems were reduced, and child self-concept was improved. Regarding family outcomes, the intervention showed improvements in the parent–child relationship and parent–child communication. Based on the model reported in this chapter, the model was deemed highly valuable to the prevailing conditions in the region—specially, among Israeli and Palestinian mothers with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and other infectious diseases living with conditions resulting from ongoing conflict.


Child Relationship Child Outcome Parental Monitoring Methadone Maintenance Treatment Parenting Skill 
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Integrated Substance Abuse ProgramsUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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