ERIC Number: ED295066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
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Alcoholic Relatives and Their Impact on Alcohol-Related Beliefs.
Johnson, Patrick B.; And Others
Although research on children of alcoholics indicates that they are at high risk for later problem drinking, the etiological dynamics associated with this heightened risk status are not yet understood. This study compared the alcohol-related beliefs of subjects who possessed close relatives with alcohol problems with alcohol-related beliefs of subjects who possessed no such relatives. Subjects included college students (N=32) who reported having a mother or father who had experienced problems with alcohol or alcoholism and students (N=32) who reported no such parent. Subjects completed questionnaires on demographics, frequency of alcohol consumption, the presence or absence of a problem drinking relative, and alcohol-related beliefs. Results indicated that alcohol-related beliefs could be used to differentiate students who came from families with alcoholic relatives from those students who came from problem-free families. No significant differences were found in drinking frequencies of the two groups. Further research is currently underway to delineate the interaction of family dynamics and beliefs about alcohol's effects, alcoholism, and perceptions of vulnerability to alcoholism. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (95th, New York, NY, August 28-September 1, 1987).