Adult-Child Research & Experience

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This volume combines research findings and personal experience of an ACoA, reviewing and critiquing the controlled research literature and clinical findings. Chapters dispel the myths and unsupported claims regarding ACoAs and alcoholic families, including excessively high rates of child abuse, the over-prediction of serious effects of being an ACoA, and the disease model of alcoholism.

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Overview

This volume combines research findings and personal experience of an ACoA, reviewing and critiquing the controlled research literature and clinical findings. Chapters dispel the myths and unsupported claims regarding ACoAs and alcoholic families, including excessively high rates of child abuse, the over-prediction of serious effects of being an ACoA, and the disease model of alcoholism.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Research Overview
1 Claims, Methods, and Variables 3
2 Family Dysfunction and Effects 25
3 Genetic and Psychophysiological Effects 53
Pt. II Being and Becoming
4 Personal Prologue and ACoA Profile: Notes from the Underground 79
5 The Denial of Reality: Perceptual and Emotional Blackout 89
6 The Socialization of Cultural Realities: On Not Knowing What Normal Is 99
7 Meaning Making and Reality: The Self-Construction of an Identity 113
Pt. III Characteristics and Issues
8 Distrust and Control: The Containment of Chaos 133
9 Anger, Guilt, Self-Esteem, and Depression: Being and Nothingness 144
10 Impulsiveness and Either/Or All-Or-None Responding: The Split-Level Self 155
11 Self-Reliance and Survival Modes: The Mountain Man Syndrome 169
12 The Intensity-Hypervigilance-Crisis Syndrome: Stress and Health Effects 183
Pt. IV Relationships
13 General Relationship Problems: Personal and Professional 201
14 Loyalty, Betrayal, Abandonment, and Intimacy: The Four Stress Points of an ACoA Relationship 219
Epilogue 235
References 237
Author Index 253
Subject Index 259
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