Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Female ACOAs At Higher Risk

According to a recent US News & World Report, having an alcoholic parent, especially a mother, is more difficult for girls. A Yale University study found female adult children of alcoholic mothers at higher risk of developing psychiatric illness later in life than their male counterparts.

Study author Peter T. Morgan, an associate professor of psychiatry at Yale, said, "The key, new finding of this work is that the effect parental alcoholism has on children is different depending on the gender of the alcoholic parent and the gender of the child."

While all parental dysfunction has an effect on children of either gender, when it is specifically between a mother and daughter it seems to be even more damaging.

Check out the Orange County ACA website at: Orange County Adult Children

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