Thirty-four million Americans have one or both parents who could be classified as alcoholic. Research related to the effects of child rearing in alcoholic families has resulted in the identification of a common pattern of dysfunction in the family. This environment has been shown to place Children of Alcoholics into a high risk group for psychological, psychological, and sociological disorders. The Children of Alcoholics Screening Test is a 30 item scale that requires subjects to respond to their perceptions of, experience with, and reactions to, a parent(s) drinking and is designed to identify children, adolescents or adults of alcoholic parents. Participants completed the Children of Alcoholics Screening Test, a self identification screening sheet and a demographic questionnaire as part of their normal classroom activities. Self identification screening placed subjects into one of two groups, the Children of Alcoholics group, or the control group. The Children of Alcoholics Screening Test was administered to 142 adults ranging in age from 18 to 38. The Children or Alcoholics group scored significantly higher on the CAST in comparison to the NCOA group. The current study has successfully replicated serious studies indicating that the Children of Alcoholics Screening Test does discriminate between children of alcoholics and children of non-alcoholics who are Deaf from the same sample.
Rich, S. (2019). Use of the Children of Alcoholics Screening Test with a Deaf Population. JADARA, 27(2). Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/jadara/vol27/iss2/8