Testing Hypothesized Differences Between Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOAs) and Non-ACOAs in a College Student Sample


Counselor Education and School Psychology, MS 119, The University of Toledo, HHS 2225, 2801 W. Bancroft Street, Toledo, OH 43606 (e-mail: john.laux@utoledo.edu)


The authors compared college adult children of alcoholics (ACOAs) and non-ACOAs using the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory-3 (F. G. Miller, 1999). The results failed to support the hypothesis that ACOAs have higher rates of substance dependence, defensiveness, and codependency than do non-ACOAs. Practical implications are offered for college counselors.