College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Do Adolescent Symptomatology and Family Environment Vary Over Time with Fluctuations in Paternal Alcohol Impairment?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2001

Keywords

Adolescent, Adolescent Behavior, Alcoholism, Child Development, Family Health

Publication Title

Developmental Psychology

ISSN

1446-5442

Volume

37

Issue/No.

2

Abstract

This study tested whether adolescent internalizing problems, externalizing problems, heavy alcohol use, fathers' parenting, and family conflict varied over time with fluctuations in fathers' alcohol impairment and also whether children of recovered alcoholic fathers differed from children of nonalcoholic fathers. Fathers and adolescent children (N = 267 families) were interviewed in 3 annual assessments. Results showed that adolescent symptomatology and the family environment did not vary over time as a function of different trajectories of paternal alcohol impairment. However, children of recovered alcoholic fathers exhibited more symptomatology than did children of nonalcoholic fathers. Even though paternal alcoholism has remitted in these families, children of recovered alcoholic fathers might remain on a general higher risk trajectory relative to children of nonalcoholic fathers.

DOI

10.1037//0012-1649.37.2.207