Mediation pathways for reduced substance use among parents in South Africa: A randomized controlled trial

Adeem Ahmad Massarwi*, Lucie Cluver, Franziska Meinck, Jenny Doubt, Jamie M. Lachman, Yulia Shenderovich, Ohad Green

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Abstract

Substance use is a major public health concern worldwide. Alcohol and drug use have increased during recent decades in many low- and middle-income countries, with South Africa, where this study was conducted, having among the highest rates in the world. Despite existing evidence on the effectiveness of family-based interventions in reducing substance use among parents and caregivers in low- and middle-income countries, little is known about the mechanism of change that contributes to the reduction. This study investigated mediators of change in a parenting programme (Parenting for Lifelong Health [PLH]) on reducing substance use among parents and caregivers of adolescents through three potential mediators: parental depression, parenting stress and family poverty.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1656
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • substance use
  • parenting intervention
  • parental depression

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