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This study utilized a stress-process model to examine the impact of having a female family member with substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders on family caregivers' depressive symptomatology. Participants were 82 women receiving substance abuse treatment and the family member providing the most social support for each woman. Greater caregiver depressive symptomatology was predicted by greater care recipient emotional problems, less care recipient social support, and poor caregiver health. Implications of findings for treatment and future research are discussed


Psychiatric and Mental Health | Social Psychology and Interaction | Social Work | Substance Abuse and Addiction


This is an Accepted Manuscript, after peer review, of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in the Journal of Family Social Work on January 26, 2010, available online at: . It has been formatted for archiving.