My Research Alignment
1. Adult Children of Alcoholics
2. Adults who had parents-alcoholics are less likely to attend college because they have low SAT. Given numerous factors associating parental alcoholism with low educational attainment, there is a need to examine the association between living with an alcoholic parent (parents) and low educational performance.
3. The topic of research is investigating in which way parental alcoholism contributes to lower educational at
4. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the relationship between educational attainment and parental alcoholism.
5. Since children of alcoholics are at times in a disadvantageous position as weaker learners, understanding this connection may help to show in which way the impact of parental alcoholism can explain poor educational performance and lower educational level of some adults.
6. Does parental alcoholism contribute to low academic achievement limiting entry into post secondary institutions?
7. The question seeks to determine the association between parental alcoholism and low academic achievement, preventing individuals from enrolment to college or university.
8. Question #2. Do children of alcoholics have lower scores at high school? This question seeks to provide details about the difference in educational attainment of children of alcoholics and children of non-abusers.
Question #3. How does being a child of alcoholic affect the person’s personality and character manifested in low high school performance?
9. Data required to answer the question includes the individuals’ academic performance indicators and experiences of living with an alcoholic parent.
10. This data can reasonably be collected via interviews with adult children of alcoholics regarding their level of academic attainment and experiences of living and studying with an alcoholic parent.
11. Hypothesis: parental substance abuse contributes to individual’s low academic achievement. Null hypothesis: parental substance abuse does not contribute to individual’s low academic achievement.
12. Question #2. Children of substance abusers perform worse at college/university. Null hypothesis. Children of substance abusers perform similar to non-abuser children at college/university.
Question #3. Children of substance abusers have educational problems because of their parents’ poorer educational involvement. Null hypothesis: Children of substance users do not have visible educational problems because of their parents’ poorer educational involvement.
13. Data collection is planned via voluntary recruitment of adults in public places with flyers. Those wishing to participate will be provided the link to the SurveyMonkey survey.
14. This data collection method is reasonable, since it gives participants anonymity, which may foster their sincerity, and is likely to yield a large dataset.
15. Data for questions #2 and #3 will be collected via the same anonymous online survey, which is a reasonable method of data collection. The reason for such an evaluation is that an online survey allows enough time for respondents to read and fill in all answers, and the confidential nature of the survey allows them to be sincere and objective in the evaluation of the impact that their parents’ substance abuse might have had on their educational attainment.
16. Analysis of data is likely to be conducted either via t-test (to compare grades of COSA and non-COSA) or via linear regression (to show whether being a child of a substance abuser leads to poor academic grades).
1. Park, S., & Schepp, K. G. (2014). A systematic review of research on children of alcoholics: their inherent resilience and vulnerability. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(5), 1222-1231.
The article tells about problems of social, educational, and developmental character that children of alcoholics develop.
2. Kopera, M., Glass, J. M., heitzeg, M. M., Wojnar, M., Puttler, L. I., & Zucker, R. A. (2014). Theory of mind among young adult children from alcoholic families. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75(5), 889-894.
This article examines the higher vulnerability of children of alcoholics to development of social-perceptual deficits and increased cognitive risk factors.
3. Berg, L., Back, K., Vinnerljung, B., & Hjern, A. (2016). Parental alcohol-related disorders and school performance in 16-year-olds – a Swedish national cohort study. Addiction, 111(10), 1795-1803.
The study examines the association between parental alcoholism and school performance of children, showing that children of alcoholics perform worse at school because of psychosocial circumstances in the family.
4. John, D., & Singh, J. G. P. (2014). College-going children of alcoholics and directions for meaningful interventions. International Journal of Advanced Information in Arts Science & Management, 1(1), 1-12.
This study of exploratory nature showed what it is like to be a child of an alcoholic parent, which feelings and problems the situation is connected with among children.
5. Raitasalo, K., & Holmila, M. (2016). Parental substance abuse and risks to children’s safety, health and psychological development. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 24, 17-22.
The study shows that parental substance abuse causes harms to children because of the unsafe environment, permanent stress, and non-adequate responses to children’s needs, which leads to poor health.
6. Gifford, E. J., Sloan, F. A., Eldred, L. M., & Kelly, E. (2015). Intergenerational effects of parental substance-related convictions and adult drug treatment court participation on children’s school performance. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 85(5), 452-468.
The study showed that children of alcoholics performed worse at school.
7. Jennison, K. M. (2012). The impact of parental alcohol misuse and family environment on young people’s alcohol use and behavioral problems in secondary schools. Journal of Substance Use, 19(1-2), 206-212.
The study showed a disproportionately higher risk of school behavior problems among schoolers whose parents are alcoholics.
8. Usher, A. M., McShane, K. E., & Dwyer, C. (2015). A realist review of family-based interventions for children of substance using parents. BioMed Central, 4(177), 1-10.
The study explored effectiveness of child-parent interventions, peer support interventions, and other solutions to minimize the negative social, emotional, and developmental outcomes for children of alcoholics.
9. Lander, L., Howsare, J., & Byrne, M. (2013). The impact of substance use disorders on families and children: from theory to practice. Social Work in Public Health, 28(3-4), 194-205.
The study explores the relationship of children and their alcoholic parents and shows the poor outcomes for children.