Alcoholic Parents Term Paper by Nicky

Alcoholic Parents
A discussion on the effects of living with an alcoholic parent and the results of research conducted by the child of an alcoholic parent.
# 145459 | 1,763 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 11, 2010 in Psychology (Alcohol and Drugs) , Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues)

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This paper presents a look at the effects of living with an alcoholic parent. The writer of the paper describes her own experiences of growing up with an alcoholic father and the consequences this has had on her life. The paper also reveals facts about alcoholism and explains how "alcoholism is a universal disease attained through choices made while living in extreme conditions; alcoholism is not an "island" condition and impacts the individuals living with the addicted." The author of this paper concludes that individuals who live in homes with an alcoholic parent develop negative traits like lying, anger, delinquency, distrust, disrespect, impatience, denial, lack of motivation and often have no incentive for hard work or decreased ambitions. The author also resolves that alcoholism is a global problem that has resulted in the formation of many organizations that help alcoholics and their families.

From the Paper:

"It is said that no individual is an island, and I felt the impact of the 'personal' choice that my dad made. However, I now realize that there is no incident that is an island either. This was why I mostly found comfort in conduct research on alcoholism and in knowing that I wasn't alone. Through my research, I found out that alcoholism is treated like a harmful disease by many experts and a global disease at that. I found out that while alcoholism may have negative impacts on me and my siblings, the negative ripples of alcoholism are also felt in the overall community and country as well, both in terms of economics, politics and ethics. I also felt comfort in knowing that I was part of the 10% of the children within the United States who were living and surviving with alcoholic parents and households (Steinhausen, 1995)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • AACAP (American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry). "Alcoholic Parents". (1997). New York.
  • Berger, G. (1993). "Alcoholism and the family." New York: Franklin Watts.
  • Parsons, T., (2003) "Alcoholism and Its Effect on the Family". New York: AllPsych Journal.
  • Sheslow, D. V. (2007). "Coping with an Alcoholic Parent". Accessed on December 12, 2008, taken from:
  • Silverstein, H. (1990). "Alcoholism." New York: Franklin Watts.

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