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NCJ Number: 155869 Find in a Library
Title: Abuse in Adult Children of Substance Dependents: Effects and Treatment (From Aggression, Family Violence and Chemical Dependency, P 99-129, 1990, Ronald T Potter-Efron and Patricia S Potter-Efron, eds.)
Author(s): P S Potter-Efron
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Press, Inc
Binghamton, NY 13904
Sale Source: Haworth Press, Inc
10 Alice Street
Binghamton, NY 13904
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Because many adults have been raised in families in which members display chemical dependency and patterns of physical, verbal, or sexual violence, this article summarizes common effects of this background on adults and provides treatment guidelines.
Abstract: Similarities between children of chemical dependents and grown-up abused children have been noted in the literature. The following specific effects of abuse have been described in detail: brainwashing, loss of trust, low self-esteem, vigilance, helplessness, unresolved events and feelings, problems related to boundary inadequacy, problems in parenting, and self-hatred. In addition, several areas for initial assessment of continuing treatment of adult children of abusive chemically dependent families have been identified and discussed. These areas include safety concerns for the adult child and other family members, educating the adult child in the nature and characteristics of abuse, establishing appropriate links between chemical dependency and violence, assessing the damage of abuse (emotional, cognitive, and spiritual), dealing with guilt and responsibility, dealing with shame and self-acceptance, and assessing the potential of the adult child to become abusive. 33 references
Main Term(s): Children of drug abusers
Index Term(s): Abused children; Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; Child abuse; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Domestic assault; Drug abuse; Drug effects; Sexual assault victims; Victims of violent crime
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