Date of Award
Program or Major
Master of Science
Larry J Hansen
Kristine M Baber
This descriptive study tested clinical reports of negative self-perceptions and troubled relationships among adult children of alcoholics. The sample (n = 114) was composed of three groups of women, aged 21 to 58, who had no significant differences in numerous demographic and background characteristics, including time ever spent in therapy. High scores were found on the Children of Alcoholics Screening Test among daughters of alcoholics. Self-concept, measured with the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale, was studied in context with life experiences.
Significant differences were found between daughters of alcoholics (n = 52) actively participating in therapeutic experiences and daughters of nonalcoholics (n = 33) on indicators of self-concept and stressful family relationships. Dissimilar findings are reported for daughters of alcoholics (n = 29) who were not actively participating in therapy or support groups.
Vail, Mary Orosz, "A comparison of self-concept, therapeutic experiences and disrupted relationships of adult daughters of alcoholics and adult daughters of nonalcoholics" (1990). Master's Theses and Capstones. 189.