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ERIC Number: ED343068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Contribution of Self-Reports to the Identification of Potential Children of Alcoholics.
Anderson, Lee; And Others
Parental drinking impacts multiple aspects of child development and, given the magnitude of problems associated with parental alcoholism, early identification of children of alcoholics (COAs) is a critical issue to professionals responsible for the effective treatment of these children. Traditional measures for assessing the adjustment of school-aged children have been of little help in identifying COAs because they do not specifically address the problems or concerns unique to COAs. This study was conducted to empirically identify constructs that best differentiate potential COAs from their non-COA counterparts. It involved the modification of the Child Rating Scale, a traditional self-report instrument, to include scales for evaluating dimensions deemed important to the identification of COAs. Self-reports from the modified Child Rating Scale and teacher ratings using the Aggression, Moodiness, and Learning scale were obtained for subjects (N=250) in first, second, and third grades. Two sets of factor analyses were applied to reduce the number of dependent variables for subsequent analysis. Four dimensions were found for the self-report measure (Depression, Worry About Family, Rule Compliance, and Self-Confidence) and a two-factor structure occurred for the teacher rating scale (Externalizing and Internalizing). The subsequent discriminant-function analysis revealed that the self-report dimensions of Depression and Worry About Family were the only ones to effectively differentiate potential COAs from non-COAs. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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