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October, 2016

How to access to ante-natal care

How to access to ante-natal care Even when good ante-natal care is available, adolescents are less likely than older pregnant women to use it, especially in the first half of the pregnancy. Obstacles include: • the teenager’s inability to prioritise her health care • the sense of omnipotence that is an integral part of adolescence: […]

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Influences on decisions about termination

Influences on decisions about termination Decisions about whether to keep or abort the foetus and how to manage the pregnancy are complex. They are influenced by the structure of relationships within the extended family and sociocultural background of the adolescent, but also by the young woman’s psychological state of mental health. Anecdotal reports suggest that […]

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Psychosocial factors involved in teenage pregnancy

Psychosocial factors involved in teenage pregnancy In Australia, teenagers who give birth are more likely to be Australian born, Aboriginal and poor. American studies suggest that as many as 60 per cent of teenage mothers live below the poverty line. Pregnant teenagers seek or attend ante-natal care less often than older women. They often smoke […]

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Withdrawal symptoms in a newborn

Withdrawal symptoms in a newborn Withdrawal symptoms in a newborn are common with opiates, including methadone use, and include high-pitched cry, irritability, hypertonicity and hyperflexia. Cocaine use has been associated with neonatal irritability, nasal snuffiness, jitteriness, tremor, fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, fist sucking, yawning and tachycardia. Substance-abusing mothers are more likely to have an infant with […]

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stimulant drugs examples

stimulant drugs examples Stimulant drugs include amphetamines, cocaine, ecstasy and other newer amphetamine-like substances. These drugs increase the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, producing an increase in arousal, concentration and energy. High-dose users, especially those who inject, are at risk of developing dependence. Many users ‘binge’ for several days and then experience fatigue and […]

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pregnancy substance abuse prevention

pregnancy substance abuse prevention Pregnancy is more likely to be unplanned and unacknowledged for women affected by substances. Women may continue to use drugs in pregnancy and deny any risk to the infant. They may have romantic and idealised ideas about motherhood and deny any potential problems. They may experience guilt and shame about the […]

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childhood trauma symptoms

childhood trauma symptoms Childhood traumas are common in the history of substance-abusing women who may also have role models of neglect and substance misuse. A dysfunctional family of origin, poor parenting role modelling and availability, and physical abuse are frequent, and may contribute to ongoing difficulties in forming trusting relationships and in parenting. From Mental […]

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Characteristics of women who misuse substances

Characteristics of women who misuse substances Women who misuse substances often share similar characteristics as a result of their own childhood experiences, as well as the effects of their lifestyle being oriented around obtaining drugs. Many have experienced abuse in their own families and have difficulties managing difficult emotions and anxiety. Diagnoses of personality disorder, […]

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WOMEN AND SUBSTANCE MISUSE

WOMEN AND SUBSTANCE MISUSE Misuse of drugs and alcohol is an increasing social problem. Alcohol dependence affects around 8 per cent of adults and 13 per cent use illicit drugs. These figures are likely to be underestimates. Substance misuse is common among young people. Opiate addiction represents a significant social issue and there are around […]

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Substance misuse in parents has effects on infant mental health

Substance misuse in parents has effects on infant mental health Substance misuse in parents has both direct and indirect effects on infant mental health. Infants may be born with addiction and withdrawal symptoms, affecting sleep behaviour, responsiveness and the amount of crying. This creates additional challenges for the new parent attempting to comfort and respond […]

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