ERIC Number: ED316784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
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Personality Characteristics of Adult Children of Alcoholics: Fact or Fiction?
Seefeldt, Richard W.; Lyon, Mark A.
This study attempted to validate the characteristics of adult children of alcoholics (ACOAs) as presented by Woititz (1983). Male (N=52) and female (N=94) college students completed the Personality Research Form, a 352-item measure of personality variables; the Responsibility and Social Adroitness Scales of the Jackson Personality Inventory; the Imposter Phenomenon Scale; and a questionnaire designed to provide demographic information and answer questions concerning their own and their parents' drinking behavior. Based on these self-report instruments, subjects were determined to be either an ACOA, a non-ACOA, or an individual that had been in an ACOA treatment group. Based on these personality measures, groups were compared on 12 of Woititz' 13 characteristics of ACOAs. No significant differences were found among the groups on any of the characteristics measured. The results severely question the validity of these characteristics. (The dangers of employing these characteristics in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals are discussed. Data are tabulated and references are included.) (TE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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