Open Access Graduate Research Paper
An estimated 25 to 28 million children and adults in the United States grew up, or are presently living in alcoholic homes (Ackerman, 1983). Children from alcoholic homes frequently develop defenses similar to those found in children who have been raised in homes with a high degree of chronic stress. Fear of abandonment or loss also causes these children to exert unrealistic control over the uncertainties of life, and they tend to have an omnipotent belief in the ability to control events which are beyond their control. Also there are predictable grief reactions which have been observed in therapy as the therapist challenges the client about his/her distorted belief in control (Wegscheider, 1981).
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Educational Administration and Counseling
Robert T. Lembke
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©1989 Nancy Swords Hendrickson
Hendrickson, Nancy Swords, "Adult children of alcoholics" (1989). Graduate Research Papers. 2536.