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RMJ. 2020; 45(1): 140-143

Mental health functioning of adult children of alcoholic fathers in Pakistan

Ivan Suneel, Sadia Saleem, Zahid Mahmood.

Objective: To ascertain functionality of the mental health among adult-children of alcoholic fathers in comparison to the adult-children of non-alcoholic fathers in a culture where alcohol related beverages is prohibited by the law on religious grounds and drinking is socially discouraged.
Methodology: This correlational study had 200 subjects in both groups (experimental and comparison groups). The age range was 18-25 years. The mental health functioning was assessed by using General Heath Questionnaire-GHQ30.
Results: Adult-children of Alcoholic fathers scored significantly higher on screening (T (198) =3.41, P=0.001) and severity score (T (198) =5.73, P=0.001) as compared to adult-children of non-alcoholic fathers
Conclusion: This study could act as an impetus for further research and also create awareness about the problems faced by the adult-children of alcoholics. Moreover, intervention strategies could be developed to help this vulnerable population.

Key words: Children of alcoholics, mental health, alcoholism, Pakistan.

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