Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Alcoholism is a disease of epidemic proportions in the United States. It is estimated that one-fifth of all Americans are problem drinkers (Cook, 1987). While alcoholism is generally recognized as a disease, it is not widely recognized as a family disease (Weddle & Wishon, 1986). However, alcoholism is a family illness because everyone in the family suffers. Parental alcoholism is a form of psychological maltreatment of 12-15 million children under the age of 18 (Tharinger & Koranek, 1988). McBride and Bennet (1991), Weddle and Wishon (1986), Roosa, Sandler, Gehring, Beals, and Cappo (1988), and Campbell (1988) all indicated that the figure is around 7 million children. With numbers this large it does not really matter how accurate the estimate is. What matters most is that for those children, parental alcoholism impacts upon their lives more than anything else (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 1981). School counselors have the opportunity and responsibility and opportunity to be of help to these children of alcoholics. With additional knowledge and support, school counselors can participate in the effort to lessen the impact of being a child of an alcoholic.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Educational Administration and Counseling
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©1992 Martha Jean McNutt Port
Port, Martha Jean McNutt, "Children of alcoholics: Implications for counselors and schools" (1992). Graduate Research Papers. 3140.