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Living with a non-recovering alcoholic in the family can contribute to stress for all members of the family Each member may be affected differently and react to this stress in the same or different way The level of dysfunction or resiliency of the non-alcoholic spouse is usually a key factor in the effects of problems and levels of stress impacting the children Children raised in alcoholic families have different life experiences than children raised in non-alcoholic families Children in alcoholic families are at a higher risk of abuse and having some type of cognitive emotional andor behavior problems While some of these problems stem from the chronic stress children undergo in an alcoholic home environment others are in actuality the source of stressChronic Stress caused by alcoholism is ongoing and tends to deplete coping skills It is normally stimulus oriented when the parents drink stress occurs for the other family members In the event that the alcoholic becomes violent and abusive the stress becomes qualitative in which each family member experiences stress uniquely For example if one child was being abused while another child watched each childs stress experience would be different An estimated 112 million children under the age of 18 years live in households with at least one alcoholic parent Wilson Shockingly the number continues to rise as do the number of children suffering from chronic stress due to living in an alcoholic environment This paper will focuses on journal reviews concerned with the effects of stress on children of alcoholics COAs The topics being explored include depression drugalcohol abuse aggression physical mental heath problems and lack of scholastic achievement Most of these effects are in direct correlation to the development of unhealthy coping skillsAccording to Bennet Wolin et el children from alcoholic families report higher levels of depression and anxiety and exhibit more symptoms of generalized stress than do children from nonalcoholic families In general COAs appear to have
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