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NCJ Number: 202234 Find in a Library
Title: Growing up with Parental Alcohol Abuse: Exposure to Childhood Abuse, Neglect, and Household Dysfunction
Journal: Child Abuse & Neglect  Volume:25  Issue:12  Dated:December 2001  Pages:1627-1640
Author(s): Shanta R. Dube; Robert F. Anda; Vincent J. Felitti; Janet B. Croft; Valerie J. Edwards; Wayne H. Giles
Editor(s): Richard D. Krugman
Date Published: December 2001
Page Count: 14
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study supports and expands previous research and provides a detailed examination of the relationship between reports of parental alcohol abuses and the likelihood of other forms of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), such as abuse and neglect.
Abstract: It is known through existing literature that children of alcoholics are at an increased risk for various childhood stressors, such as abuse, neglect, witnessing domestic violence, or growing up with other forms of household dysfunction. This Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study’s objective was to assess the impact of numerous, inter-related adverse childhood experiences on a wide array of health behaviors and outcomes and on health care utilization. A questionnaire about ACEs, including child abuse, neglect, household dysfunction, and exposure to parental alcohol abuse, was conducted and completed by 8,629 adult HMO members to assess the relationship of growing up with parental alcohol abuse. Study findings indicate that compared to no parental alcohol abuse, maternal, paternal, or bi-parental alcohol abuse significantly increased the likelihood of experiencing adverse childhood experiences. In addition, the extremely high likelihood of domestic violence directed at the mother in families where both parents are abusing alcohol makes assessment of the danger of violence against the mother imperative. The likelihood of enduring multiple ACEs was even greater among adults who reported that either or both parents abused alcohol. Overall, the children of parental alcohol abuse are far more likely to suffer multiple adverse experiences during childhood. References
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Abusing parents; Alcohol abuse; Child abuse causes; Child neglect causes; Children at risk; Home environment; Neglectful parents
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