Alcoholic Parents Case Study

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Ramifications of the Problem
To understand the ramifications of alcoholic parents we must use an integrative multidimensional approach, by taking into account the biological, psychological and social dimensions in order to assess social behavior and functioning. The biological dimension is very important to understand predispositions to certain genetic abnormalities and inclinations. As stated by Professor Strickler (2016) the biophysical dimension help us look at the person as a physical organism, biological entity, a cell, an organ and physiological systems that represent the material substance of a person. In addition, the biological dimension takes into account the growth, development, general health status and exposure to toxins in the
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Exposure to an alcoholic parent can increase developmental delays of the young child. Berger (2005) noted that during the infancy period the brain development is at rapid growth and is considered that by “age 2 the brain is about 75 percent of adult weight” (Berger, 2005, p.125). At this stage of development, the dendrites of the brain frontal cortex increases and myelination of the neurons continues from head to toes. The connections made by the dendrites and propagation of the neurons are important factors to promote a healthy brain and motor development of the infant child. The infant’s environment influences how these connections are reaching to its potential. Infants who are not receiving the proper care can have significant developmental delays. During the early childhood, the child is developing physically while learning its gross and fine motor skills. At this developmental stage, children are mastering language acquisition, muscular coordination, and learning to play with others. Children of alcoholic parents might experience complications reaching developmental milestones because of the parent(s)’ choices. On the other hand, genes are important factors for …show more content…
Peer relationships begin to emerge when the child leaves home to participate in preschool or kindergarten. At this stage, the child begins to develop his gender role and sexual identity. Parenting style and interaction enable a healthier developmental outcome. Throughout infancy and early childhood, the child learns his role in the world and the way he relates to others. For that reason, children of alcoholics struggle to have a favorable role model to emulate. Children of alcoholics learn new roles that helps them survive the unsafe situation. Haber (2010) explains that each family member including the alcohol abuser engages in a role that is difficult to surrender. The roles within the family are necessary to keep the system going, even if these are dysfunctional. These implicit roles are necessary to survive. Roles can include the enabler, the hero, the scapegoat, the lost child, or the mascot (Family Roles in Addiction Recovery I-II- III, para. 1). The young child is directly affected by the time of social relationships and environmental stressors that surround him. Issues such as family dynamics, social support, gender, or cultural beliefs will have an

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