ERIC Number: ED336710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
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Psychologically Abandoned Children: Dependency, Trust and Self-Esteem in ACOAs.
Sather, Amy E.; And Others
Although there has been a variety of observations published about Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOAs) based upon clinical study, much of it has dealt with the adult child's possible predisposition to alcoholism rather than personality issues. Many children from alcoholic families seek treatment because they are experiencing difficulty in other areas in their lives. These difficulties often stem from the problems that the individual experienced as a child in an alcoholic family. This study explored the hypothesis that ACOAs experience problems in self-esteem, interpersonal trust, and dependency. Three personality scales were administered to volunteer college students (N=107) to measure the variables of self-esteem, interpersonal trust, and dependency and multiple regression analysis was employed to determine which of those variables were related to parental drinking. Results did not indicate any significant effects for the self-esteem variable. Results did indicate that those subjects determined to be ACOAs scored higher in dependency and in trust. These findings do support the fact that ACOAs are not trusting. ACOAs never learned how to trust as a child. ACOAs are also quite high in dependency because they did not receive the nurturing they needed as a child. (CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Children of Alcoholics
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (63rd, Chicago, IL, May 2-4, 1991).