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The effect of alcoholism on children

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of alcoholism on people who grew up in a home in which alcohol was abused. This group of subjects was compared to a group of subjects whose parents were not alcoholic. There were four hypotheses for this study. They were: adults who were born into an alcoholic family will score higher on an assessment which measures co-dependency issues. The second hypothesis was: adults born into an alcoholic family will have a higher rate of chemical dependency. The third hypothesis states that those who grow up in a home with alcoholism will experience more stress and health problems than those with non-alcoholic parents. The fourth hypothesis was: adults with familial alcoholism will have less satisfaction with regard to job, mate and friendships than those with no familial alcoholism. A t-test and chi square were used to test the hypotheses. All four hypothesis were supported in this study. There was a siqnificant difference found between the group with a family history of alcoholism and a group without a family history of alcoholism. As a result of this study, it can be concluded that there is significant data to suggest Parental Alcoholism has many effects on children with regard to co-dependency issues, chemical dependency, stress, health and life satisfaction.

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