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ERIC Number: ED345173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Pages: 18
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Effects of Family Dysfunction and Parental Problem Drinking on Adult Offspring.
Soukup, Dorothy Therese
Few empirical studies have been conducted to determine the characteristics and functioning of Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACoAs). This study examined the emotional and behavioral wellness of college students (N=253) raised in a variety of family environments with varying levels of healthy/unhealthy functioning. For the purposes of this study emotional wellness was defined as the level of self-esteem and the degree of internal or external locus of control reported by the participant. Behavioral wellness was defined as the ability to cope with oneself and to cope with one's environment. Participants completed instruments assessing self-esteem, coping, family functioning, and locus of control. Overall, participants from non-alcoholic-healthy families and the non-parental dysfunction-healthy families reported the least amount of stress-related family experiences; the alcoholic-unhealthy families and the parental dysfunction-unhealthy families reported the greatest degree of disturbance. The statistical analyses provided evidence to suggest that the level of functioning within a family and the presence or absence of parental dysfunction were associated with lower levels of self-esteem in young adult offspring. Participants who reported a problem drinking parent were not significantly different from those with no problem drinking parent on any of the dependent measures. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Children of Alcoholics; Dysfunctional Family