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Master Of Arts In Clinical Psychology

Colleges & School

College Of Arts And Sciences

First Advisor

Anupama Harvey, PhD

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Alcoholism;Adult children of alcoholics;Adult children of alcoholics--Psychology


The negative impact of parental alcohol abuse on children has been well documented in previous literature. Therefore, research over the past decade has been focused on determining protective factors associated with being raised by a parent who abuses alcohol. This research was initiated due to the wide variety of outcomes reported by children who grew up in homes marked by parental alcohol abuse. Expanding upon this research, the present study aimed to examine whether certain familial factors (i.e., family composition, family structure, family environment and interaction between parent & child gender) are protective for adult children who were raised in a home with a parent(s) who abused alcohol. Participants were recruited from a college campus and screened using the Children of Alcoholics Screening Test (CAST). All participants also completed measures related to family satisfaction, family cohesion and attachment. The total sample of participants included 223 college students. It was hypothesized that those children who were raised by two parents who abused alcohol would be more likely to experience a greater number of negative experiences. Results showed support for this hypothesis, specifically in regards to the child's attachment to their father. Additionally, it was hypothesized that familial support would be correlated with familial factors. Results revealed that family satisfaction and attachment were positively correlated. Though not all hypotheses were supported, results have important clinical applications. However, it is clear that further research in this area is needed.


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