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Title: Drinking Problems in Adult Children of Alcoholics: Evidence from a National Survey
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1. Jennison, Karen M.
Johnson, Kenneth A.
Drinking Problems in Adult Children of Alcoholics: Evidence from a National Survey
Presented: Miami, FL, American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, August 1993
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: American Sociological Association
Keyword(s): Alcohol Use; Cigarette Use (see Smoking); Family History; Health, Mental; Health/Health Status/SF-12 Scale; Psychological Effects; Siblings

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Surveys of Youth (NLSY) are used to predict DSM-III-R defined alcohol dependence severity in 1989. The sample consisted of 5,051 family history positives (FHPs) and 5,263 family history negatives (FHNs), which were subsequently reclassified into four mutually exclusive groups: those with 1) alcoholism in first-degree family members only (N=1,762), 2) alcoholic second-degree relatives only (N=1,969), 3) both first and second-degree alcoholic family members (N=1,320), and FHNs as controls. The results indicate, as previous research suggests, that ACOAs drink more heavily, experience earlier onset of problems, and develop greater severity of alcohol dependence than non-ACOAs. Sons of alcoholics are at greater risk than daughters of alcoholics, and that alcoholism in first and second-degree relatives rather than in first or second-degree relatives alone predicts greater likelihood of developing severe alcohol dependence.
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Jennison, Karen M. and Kenneth A. Johnson. "Drinking Problems in Adult Children of Alcoholics: Evidence from a National Survey." Presented: Miami, FL, American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, August 1993.