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Parental Alcoholism and Family Functioning: Effects on Differentiation Levels of Young Adults
Counselor Education Faculty Publications and Presentations
  • Patrick Johnson, Portland State University
  • Rachel Stone, Portland State University
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  • Counseling -- Research -- Case Studies,
  • Alcoholism -- Case studies

This study investigated the impact of parental alcoholism and various indices of family functioning on differentiation levels of young adults. A total of 813 college students completed the Differentiation of Self Inventory, the Self-Report Family Inventory Version II, and questions related to experiences in their families of origin. Analyses indicated that parental alcoholism and levels of functioning, as well as certain experiences within alcoholic families, are significantly predictive of differentiation levels of adult children. Clinical implications of the findings are discussed.


This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, Vol. 27 Iss. 1, p. 3 - 18 (2009). DOI: 10.1080/07347320802586601

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