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NOTES 4-11 - NOTES Children of Alcoholics continued o It's...

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NOTES 4/11/07 Children of Alcoholics- continued o It’s been argued in adulthood, the primary problem that these children have is maintaining relationships. This is because the popular way to relate to others has been skewed. They are also more likely to suffer from depression, loneliness, and a lack of meaningfulness (low self-esteem). Additional research indicates that one of the big problems with connecting the parent’s alcoholism with short and long term outcomes of the children is that alcohol isn’t the only problem. Alcoholic families also have higher divorce rates and more conflict. The parent’s also show other symptoms of being in an alcoholic family…anger, violence, drug addiction. There tends to be more crime on the part of the parent, and the family is more likely to experience increased poverty and other economic threats. There is generally more abuse and neglect in alcoholic families There are more birth complications. Developmentally delayed children Any and all of these may increase the probability that the children of alcoholics are going to experience short term and long term physical, psychological, mental problems. o Factors that diminish the effect of parental alcoholism on the children. If a child has a temperament that leads to positive attention from the parent or caregiver. If a child has at least an average intelligence and solid communication skills (read and write effectively)
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This note was uploaded on 06/21/2008 for the course SOC 396 taught by Professor Reid during the Spring '08 term at Clemson.

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