Learning Achievement in Sons of Alcoholics

Authors

  • Andrea M. Hegedus MPA,

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    1. Department of Psychiatry, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA and The Highland Drive Veterans Administration Medical Center. Pittsburgh, PA.
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  • Arthur I. Alterman PhD,

    1. Department of Psychiatry, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA and The Highland Drive Veterans Administration Medical Center. Pittsburgh, PA.
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  • Raiph E. Tarter PhD

    1. Department of Psychiatry, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA and The Highland Drive Veterans Administration Medical Center. Pittsburgh, PA.
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  • Supported by Clinical Research Center Grant MH 30915 and by the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation. Inc

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. 3811 O'Hara Street. Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Abstract

Adolescent sons of alcoholics, equated to sons of nonalcoholics on age, intelligence, and grade level, performed significantly more poorly on a standardized test of educational achievement Family environment and rated behavioral disturbance were not systematically correlated with educational achievement. Upon controlling for the effects of psychopathology, the highest and most numerous correlations were found between neuropsychological performance and educational achievement These findings suggest that cognitive impairment may be associated with the vulnerability for alcoholism.

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