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Gokce Ergun (Committee Chair), Janeece Warfield (Committee Member), Josephine Wilson (Committee Member)

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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome occurs when an infant is exposed to opioids in utero and has many associated health concerns post-partum. In the US in 2012, approximately 22,000 infants were born with NAS. Mothers of these infants have a unique set of needs that affect their ability to adequately care for their infants as they transition home with their infant after giving birth. However, few programs specifically address the needs of this population. The program described in this dissertation is based upon a thorough review of the literature and seeks to fill the gap in the available programming for women with an opiate addiction who have a baby born with NAS. It describes a 6-session psychoeducational program that is designed for a medical setting to help mothers prepare for the transition out of the hospital and back to their homes. This program covers topics including, education on NAS, typical and atypical child development, coping skills, interpersonal skills, problem solving, and community resources.

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Department or Program

School of Professional Psychology

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Psychology Commons