Impact of Parental Substance Use on Infant Development and Family Functioning

  • Research program: Prevention and early intervention
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: January 2010
  • Expected end date: June 2014
  • Completion date: October 2014
  • Funded by: NHMRC
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This study aims to identify substance use patterns in a community sample of pregnant women and their partners during the prenatal period and the characteristics associated with substance use. Next the study aims to examine the relationship of maternal and paternal substance use with pregnancy outcomes for mothers and their infants. Finally, the study aims to determine the extent to which substance use in pregnant women and their partners predict problems in (a) infant development (physical, cognitive, behavioural and emotional), and (b) family functioning (marital/intimate partner relationship quality, conflict and violence, parenting behaviour and parent-infant relationship quality).

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
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Professor Steve Allsop
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1606
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Chief Investigator

Alcohol policy and strategies


  • Project staff: Aurora Popescu, Curtin University
  • Project staff: Lauren Bell, Curtin University

Professor Steve Allsop
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1606
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This project aligns with the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets: