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ERIC Number: ED346403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Adult Children of Alcoholics and Their Family Roles: A Comparison of Incarcerated and Non-Incarcerated Adult Children of Alcoholics.
Martin, Jennifer Fay; And Others
This study was conducted to empirically investigate the specific suggestion that, without help, children who play the scapegoat role in the alcoholic family may later end up in prison. Family roles assumed by incarcerated and non-incarcerated male and female Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOAs) were compared. The incarcerated subjects were drawn from a correctional-vocational training center and the non-incarcerated subjects were taken from Alcoholics Anonymous and ACOA groups. Participants (N=141), ranging in age from 18 to 55 years, completed the Children of Alcoholics Screening Test to determine eligibility for the study and the Family Relations Inventory to measure the respondent's role in the family. A two-way analysis of variance was computed; the results comparing mean differences in roles played by male and female incarcerated and non-incarcerated respondents showed no significant differences. Of the 77 incarcerated subjects, only 16% reported having played the scapegoat role; 58% reported having played the hero role while growing up. Of the non-incacerated group, 6% reported having played the scapegoat role, and 61% reported having played the hero role. Of the incarcerated group, 42% reported having two alcoholic parents, compared to 23% of the non-incarcerated group. The benefit of having one non-alcoholic parent is an area which requires further study. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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