The purpose of this narrative was to examine the writer's experience as a child growing up and witnessing alcohol abuse by her father. The writer also discusses how the alcohol abuse by her father led to domestic violence toward her mother and how the abuse and violence affected her both as a child and currently as an adult. Literature was reviewed on the effects of alcohol abuse, children of alcoholics, and the short-term and long-term effects of witnessing domestic violence as a child. Personal narratives by other writers are summarized and were used as a tool to help the present author structure her own narrative. Implications for child welfare social workers and other professionals working with families dealing with alcohol abuse and domestic violence are discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Social work, Individual & family studies|
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