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Maternal and paternal alcoholism and depressive mood in college students: Parental relationships as mediators of ACOA-depressive mood link

Authors
Journal
Addictive Behaviors
0306-4603
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
36
Issue
7
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.01.028
Keywords
  • Acoas
  • Maternal Alcohol Abuse
  • Paternal Alcohol Abuse
  • Parent–Child Relationships
  • Depressive Symptoms
Disciplines
  • Communication

Abstract

Abstract The present study examined whether suspecting one's mother versus father of alcohol abuse was associated with parent–offspring relationships, and the degree to which parent–child relationships were associated with depressive symptoms. As compared to non-ACOAs (n = 288), ACOAs (n = 100) reported more negative parent–child relationships (i.e., greater alienation, poorer communication, less trust, greater emotional longing, and more negative attitudes toward the parent) and increased depressive symptoms on the POMS (McNair, Lorr, & Droppleman, 1992). A closer look revealed that suspected maternal alcohol abuse was associated with more negative mother–child relationships, whereas suspected paternal alcohol abuse was associated with more negative father–child relationships. Both maternal alcohol abuse and paternal alcohol abuse predicted depressive symptoms.

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