Children of Alcoholics Cause and Effect Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Children of Alcoholics
A look at the negative effects of alcoholism on children.
# 118151 | 1,286 words | 8 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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The paper discusses "fetal alcohol syndrome" where children of alcoholic mothers will usually be born with birth defects, plus behavioral and cognitive abnormalities that will affect them for their lives. The paper relates that maternal depression can be transfered to the child and elementary age children of alcoholic parents will exhibit a variety of personality traits with abnormal social tendencies. The paper further reveals that children of alcoholic parents are more likely to be alcoholics themselves and contribute to the violence in our society and families.

From the Paper:

"During the younger childhood years, children of alcoholics have impaired development in a variety of ways ranging from emotional, cognitively, to socially. They have probably been victims of physical and verbal abuse. They have inconsistent parental models, so they do not know who to trust. Emotionally, these children are known to lack self confidence and independence. Cognitively, children of alcoholic parents are known to lack comprehension skills when compared to nonalcoholic children. They need to have items described to them in detail. They have a short attention span. They may draw attention to themselves. Socially, they do not make friends easily and have a lack of trust towards others. They may prefer isolation and hoarding of items. This all stems from living in an alcoholic family."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Windle, M & Searles, S. (1992). Children of Alcoholics: Critical Perspectives. New York City: Guilford Press.
  • Woititz, Janet. (1983). Adult Children of Alcoholics at Home, at Work, and In Love. Florida: HCI.
  • Roebuck, T.,\f Mattson, S. & Riley, E. (1998) "A Review of the Neuroanatomical Findings in Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol".Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 22 (2) , pg 339-344
  • O'Connor, M & Kasari, C. (2000) "Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Depressive Features in Children" Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research Vol. 24 (7) , pg. 1084-1092
  • No author. "Pre-and Postnatal Exposure to Parental Use and Abuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs". (2001) Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health, Infant Mental Health Journal. Vol.22, (3). pg. 271-290

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