This study explored the consequences for a child of having an alcoholic parent, from the point of view of 7–9-year-old COA. In the analysis, using qualitative content analysis, the findings show that the children of this young age had many experiences and took a great deal of responsibility for their alcoholic parent, and the family. The most significant feeling of the children was a feeling of sadness. Implications include the importance of listening to and supporting all COA, including children as young as 7–9 years old. Further studies should address the support that can and should be offered to COA.
This course is based on the article, “I Feel It In My Heart When My Parents Fight”: Experiences of 7-9-Year-Old Children of Alcoholics created by Agneta Tinnfalt, PhD, et al. in 2018.
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Agneta Tinnfalt, PhD
Örebro University Örebro Sweden School of Health and Medical Sciences. She has published 6 research articles.
Karin Fröding is an Affiliated Researcher, Senior Lecturer at Örebro University Örebro Sweden. She has published more than 10 articles in peer reviewed journals.
Örebro University Örebro Sweden School of Health and Medical Sciences. She has published more than 10 research articles.
Dr. Henderson completed her PhD in clinical psychology at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda MD, and my internship at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Medical Center in San Antonio TX. She is am an integrative therapist who focuses on brief, positive, solutions-focused therapy and is experienced in treating a variety of mental health concerns-- depression, anxiety, stress, grief, trauma, parenting concerns, and more. She is currently practicing in Alaska.
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge. The content is at a beginning level.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Identify the feelings of children of alcoholics.
List ways that children attempted to control their parent's fighting.
Provide examples of parentification in children of alcholics.
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