Date on Paper


Document Type

Doctoral Paper

Degree Name




Committee Chair

Baker, Leann

Committee Member

Bethel-Jaiteh, Cynethia

Author's Keywords

pregnancy; parenting skills; self-efficacy; substance use disorder syndrome



Background: Many women who suffer from substance use disorder syndrome (SUDS) have low self-esteem and can be labeled as “unfit parents” which can impede infant bonding and maternal sobriety. Parent and self-efficacy are associated with improved maternal-infant attachment and sobriety (Adams, 2021). The earlier prenatal education is implemented, the more empowered the mothers will feel to be able to help their infants and themselves.

Setting: A medically assisted treatment center (MAT) for pregnant women who presents with SUDS. The six-bed inpatient facility is in a rural county in central Kentucky.

Purpose: To create an educational program about parent and self-efficacy for women receiving treatment at the MAT clinic. Education will be taught to women prior their delivery and those who have recently delivered. Education will include skills to enhance parenting efficacy and self-efficacy.

Procedures: Five knowledge and skill-building sessions are offered at the treatment center in addition to the treatment center’s programming. These sessions will be sixty minutes in length.

Measures: Pre/posttest evaluation of client’s knowledge of the hazards of smoking, healthy self-preservation techniques, parenting efficacy, time management skills, and compassion fatigue.

Brink_signed_title_page.pdf (33 kB)
Signed Title Page

Included in

Nursing Commons