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Parenting and Harm Reduction in the Context of Parent Psychoactive Substance Use

Abstract deadline
15 October 2023

Manuscript deadline
15 December 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Camille C Cioffi, University of Oregon, Prevention Science Institute
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Elizabeth Conradt, Duke University, Department of Psychiatry
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Parenting and Harm Reduction in the Context of Parent Psychoactive Substance Use

Description: The National Harm Reduction Coalition defines harm reduction as “a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs” (

Counter to the definition of harm reduction, stigmatization of parents who use psychoactive substances (e.g., alcohol, cannabis, misuse of prescription medication, stimulants, and opioids) may result in the problematic belief that parents who use psychoactive substances are incapable of being "good" parents. However, psychoactive substance use alone does not always predict suboptimal parenting behaviors. This special issue invites papers that:

(1) seek to understand whether psychoactive substance use uniquely predicts parenting behaviors, above and beyond contextual factors (such as socioeconomic strain);

(2) examine the ways that parents who use psychoactive substances are capable of adequate and optimal parenting; and

(3) consider approaches to applying a harm reduction framework towards understanding that parenting and psychoactive substance use can (and do) co-exist if adequate parental supports are in place.


We are particularly interested in papers that consider intervention adaptations that emphasize safer substance use for parents towards the goal of preventing child maltreatment (e.g., ensuring parents are not using substances while actively caring for their children; ensuring children do not have access to substances).


This special issue is also motivated by the recent $29 million in funding for harm reduction from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ( We hope to inspire researchers to investigate innovative ways to apply harm reduction principles to parenting.

Submission Instructions

Article Types and Formatting: For this Special Issue, we seek to publish a mixture of empirical and theoretical papers. Empirical articles are preferred; however, theoretical articles are also welcomed. Papers should be concise while also including relevant theoretical background information on parenting and substance use. Manuscripts can vary from 2500–4500 words. Editors will decide on the appropriate length and may return a manuscript for revision before reviews if they deem the paper too long. Please make manuscripts as brief as possible. We have a strong preference for shorter papers. Otherwise, please follow the Parenting: Science and Practice “Style Guide” (


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