Daughters' perspectives on maternal substance abuse: Pledge to be a different kind of mother

Anne P. Murphy, Joseph G. Ponterotto, Anthony A. Cancelli, Susan P. Chinitz

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The purpose of this grounded theory (Strauss & Corbin, 1998) study was to explore the experiences of racially and culturally diverse young mothers whose own mothers abused substances two decades ago when substance abuse peaked in inner city, urban neighborhoods in the United States and to identify the factors that have influenced how they parent their own children today. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten drug-free mothers who report having been raised by a mother who was addicted to drugs, primarily crack cocaine during their childhoods. The emergent grounded theory is that exposure to maternal substance abuse has a significant and unique impact on female children throughout their lifespan, with particular emphasis at the onset of motherhood. Among the goals the young mothers expressed is that they wanted to "be there" for their children, protect their daughters from sexual abuse, and raise sons who do not abuse women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1328-1364
Number of pages37
JournalQualitative Report
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2010


  • Attachment
  • Child Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grounded Theory
  • Maternal Substance Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Parent/Child Relationships
  • Resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education


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