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27 February 2019

The effect of parenting stress on child behavior problems in high-risk children with prenatal drug exposure

This study examined the relationship between early parenting stress and later child behaviour in a high-risk sample and measured the effect of drug exposure on the relationship between parenting stress and child behaviour. Parenting stress at 4 months significantly predicted child externalising behaviour at 36 months. These relationships were unaffected by cocaine exposure suggesting the relationship between parenting stress and behavioural outcome exists for high-risk children regardless of their drug exposure history.