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NCJ Number: 134950 Find in a Library
Title: Children and Adolescents at Risk for Substance Abuse and Psychotherapy
Journal: International Journal of the Addictions  Volume:25  Issue:4A  Dated:(1990-1991)  Pages:481-494
Author(s): S A Weintraub
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 14
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A sample of 474 children with at least one alcoholic parent was used to identify marker variables and early signs of substance abuse, which are essential for early intervention and prevention. The sample included 138 children at risk for alcohol abuse and psychiatric disorder (Comorbid), 227 at risk for psychiatric disorder alone (PD), and 109 children whose alcoholic parents were diagnosis-free (Dx-Free).
Abstract: The findings indicated greater adjustment problems and family disorganization in the two risk groups, however, the results did not discriminate between the Comorbid and PD risk groups. During a follow-up study, conducted when the samples reached young adulthood, the results showed that DSM-III disorders were more common in both the risk groups. However, the subjects at risk for alcohol abuse and psychiatric disorders were more deviant than the PD group in terms of social and occupational competence, the Global Assessment Scale (GAS), depression, antisocial personality, and substance abuse. 3 tables and 48 references
Main Term(s): Children of alcoholics
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Children at risk; Juvenile psychological evaluation
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