The Effects Of Alcohol On Children 's Relationship With Alcohol Abuse

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When a Man Loves a Woman: Part Three In the textbook, Families and Change: Coping With Stressful Events and Transitions, chapter seven goes in depth to reflect on families coping with alcohol abuse. The textbook is straightforward about children with one or both alcoholic parents in treatment and recovery from alcohol abuse. As much as the substance abusing parent needs help, so do the children in the family (Price, Price and McKenry, 2010, p. 152). Relative to the Green family, the authors discuss alcohol-specific effects involving the parent’s relationship to alcohol and how these behaviors are related to their child’s behavior and cognition (Price, Price & McKenry, 2010, p. 143). Simply put, there is a direct correlation between parents who abuse alcohol and the likelihood that their children will develop an addiction to alcohol. According to Price, Price and McKenry (2010), “If parental use of alcohol is associated with adolescent use, then parental recovery from alcoholism or cessation of alcohol-related problems should reflect a reduction in family stress and an alteration in children’s expectancies and alcohol-related behaviors” (p. 147). What this implies is that in theory, if a parent is an alcohol abuser, and their behavior reflects on to their children, then in turn the children should also adapt the same behavior when a parent ceases the use of alcohol. In a study conducted by Cheng and Lo (2010) observing alcoholic mothers and their relationships to their…
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