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Perceived Parental Attachment of Latino Adult Children of Alcoholics

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to develop a better understanding of parental attachment in Latino adult children of alcoholics (ACoAs) with their parent who struggles with alcoholism. Research questions: Is there a difference in parental attachment between Latino and White ACoAs? Is there a difference among male and female participants in their parental attachment? Methods: Latino (n=47) and White (n=25) ACoAs (N=72) completed an online survey using the standardized Parental Attachment Questionnaire (Kenny, 1985). The independent variables include the participant’s gender, ethnicity, and the gender of the parent who they identified as struggling with alcoholism. Results: Independent samples T-test and two-way between groups ANOVA analyses reveal that there is no statistically significant difference in the level of attachment between Latino and White ACoA and no statistically significant differences in gender or gender of the parent who struggles with alcoholism. Discussion: The findings of this study concluded that having an alcoholic parent affects the parental attachment of ACoAs at similar rates regardless of ethnicity, gender, and age.

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