ERIC Number: ED365890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Classrooms under the Influence: Reaching Early Adolescent Children of Alcoholics.
Powell, Richard R.; And Others
More than seven million adolescents under the age of 18 live in homes where one or both parents is an alcoholic. This document presents a three-part discussion of adolescent children of alcoholics' (AdCOA) issues relative to school classrooms. Part I discusses characteristics and behaviors of AdCOAs. The characteristics of dysfunctional families in general and alcoholic families in particular are provided as context for facilitating the identification process. Normal and abnormal behaviors of adolescents are considered as a context for recognizing AdCOA behaviors. Because AdCOAs and other dysfunctional adolescents more often become substance abusers in school and later in life, a discussion is offered of school behaviors of students who abuse substances. Part II provides a five-step classroom intervention model that educators can use to identify and interrupt the dysfunctional survival skills AdCOAs use at school. The model provides a useful way that teachers and administrators can build a database to support students suspected of being AdCOAs. Part III includes a discussion of strategies for helping AdCOAs in classrooms. From the various strategies available, the following techniques have been selected: listening and caring, using AdCOAs' personal and academic strengths, and reflection. It is noted that these strategies help AdCOAs build healthy self-concepts. A number of forms and a list of resources and references are appended. (NB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Alcoholism, Elementary School Students, Family Environment, Intermediate Grades, Parent Child Relationship, School Role, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091-1537.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
Identifiers: Children of Alcoholics