ERIC Number: ED315152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Parental Aggression Related to Behavior Problems in Three-Year-Old Sons of Alcoholics.
Fitzgerald, Hiram E.; And Others
Findings from a study of the etiology of alcoholism and conduct disorders that involved 3-year-old sons of alcoholic fathers are reported. The study focused on intact nuclear families with a son who was 3 years old at the time of initial data collection and a father who was diagnosed as definitely or probably alcoholic. Alcoholic families were recruited from the population of males convicted for driving while impaired or driving under the influence of alochol. Both parents independently completed the Antisocial Behavior Checklist and the Achenbach Child Behavior Checklist. Data indicated a strong relationship between fathers' antisocial behavior and their perceptions of behavior problems in their sons. Maternal aggression was not related to mothers' perceptions of behavioral problems in their children. But maternal antisocial behavior was significantly related to mothers' perceptions of level of depression in their sons. It is concluded that even though the data provide no basis for inferring causal relationships, they clearly demonstrate that parents in families with alcohol problems perceive real or imagined behavior problems in male offspring even at the age of 3 years that have been linked to the etiology of alcoholism. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan State Dept. of Mental Health, Lansing.; National Inst. on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the World Congress Meeting of the World Association of Infant Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines (4th, Lugano, Switzerland, September 20-24, 1989). For related documents, see PS 018 497-499.