Children of Alcoholics: Critical Perspectives
Michael Windle, John S. Searles
Guilford Publications, 1992 - Psychology - 244 pages
Children of alcoholics (COAs) are thought to be at heightened risk for the development of alcoholism. Yet, despite the recent spate of articles in both the professional literature and the popular press on the effects of having alcoholic parents, there remains much controversy surrounding the topic.
Offering a state-of-the-art review of the literature and a critical evaluation of COA research, chapters in this volume analyze such key areas as:
* The prevalence of alcoholism and other forms of maladjustment among COAs
* The role of biological and environmental factors in the expression of alcoholism
* Optimal ways of intervening to prevent or ameliorate harmful consequences associated with being the offspring of an alcoholic.
With the widespread interest in COAs and their functioning across the life span, this volume serves as an invaluable resource for clinicians, alcohol researchers, developmentalists, school counselors, nurses, medical doctors, and educators.
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