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Family climate and parent-child relationships: recollections from a nonclinical sample of adult children of alcoholic fathers

Family climate and parent-child relationships: recollections from a nonclinical sample of adult children of alcoholic fathers

Research in Nursing and Health 19(4): 311-321

Past family climate and past parent-child relationships of a nonclinical sample of young adult children of alcoholic fathers (n = 87) were compared to a sociodemographically similar sample of young adults with nonalcoholic parents (n = 106). Self-reports indicated that, compared to respondents from nonalcoholic families, respondents with alcoholic fathers described a more negative family climate with higher levels of conflict and lower levels of cohesion and expressiveness. Adult children of alcoholics described more negative relationships with their alcoholic fathers. However, contrary to clinical literature, adult children of alcoholics' descriptions of their relationships with their nonalcoholic mothers did not differ from the descriptions provided by young adults with nonalcoholic parents. Daughters of alcoholic fathers reported more negative relationships with their fathers in the areas of role performance, affective expression, and control than did sons. Implications for practice include reinforcing the nurturing relationship between nonalcoholic mothers and their children in families with alcoholic fathers.

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Accession: 046074637

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PMID: 8773554

DOI: 10.1002/(sici)1098-240x(199608)19:4<311::aid-nur5>3.0.co;2-l

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