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ERIC Number: ED343077
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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A Comparison of African-American and Caucasian Women Adult Children of Alcoholics and Non Adult Children of Alcoholics.
Pedigo, Shiela; McDermott, Diane
Alcoholism is a disease that has been shown to affect not only the alcoholic but also the family of the alcoholic. The research on Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) reveals that the effects of parental alcoholism are not something that is eradicated once the child leaves home. This study examined the empirical evidence for characteristics of ACOAs developed by Janet Woititz and how these characteristics may differ between African-American (N=66) and Caucasian (N=72) women. The Children of Alcoholics Screening Test was administered to identify persons from alcoholic homes. The 13 characteristics of adult children of alcoholics, described by Janet Woititz, were put into a format using a 5-point Likert type rating scale. The scale was then used to determine whether the ACOAs and non-ACOAs in this sample would identify with this symptomatology. The results indicated no significant difference in the way African-American and Caucasian women ACOAs responded to the 13 characteristics. The empirical results in this study concur with the non-empirical literature: the adult children of alcoholics in this study were different from non-adult children of alcoholics. Both African-American and Caucasian women from alcoholic homes were different from African-American and Caucasian women who were not raised in an alcoholic home. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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