ERIC Number: EJ798230
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
The Influence of Family Factors on the Executive Functioning of Adult Children of Alcoholics in College
Schroeder, Valarie M.; Kelley, Michelle L.
Family Relations, v57 n3 p404-414 Jul 2008
This study examined executive functioning in college aged adult children of alcoholics (ACOAs; n = 84) and non-ACOAs (188). We examined whether characteristics of the family environment and family responsibility in one's family of origin were associated with executive functioning above the contribution of ACOA status. ACOAs reported more difficulty regulating behavior related to executive functioning but comparable metacognitive abilities to non-ACOAs. Family environment contributed to behavioral and metacognitive regulation above the contribution of group (ACOA/non-ACOA). These findings suggest that ACOAs may be at greater risk for experiencing difficulty in higher order processes related to behavioral regulation. For both ACOA and non-ACOA college students, one's family of origin environment appears related to higher order processes, suggesting the need for interventions aimed at improving executive functioning for vulnerable students.
Descriptors: Alcoholism, Family Influence, Young Adults, Parent Influence, Family Environment, Family Relationship, Correlation, Behavior Problems, Metacognition, At Risk Persons, Cognitive Processes, College Students, Environmental Influences, Intervention
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