AdvisorAamodt, Agnes M.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis study explored the cultural knowledge of the adult who identified, through remembrances and behavior, their childhood experiences with an alcoholic parent. Ethnographic interviews were conducted with four adult children of an alcoholic father. Data were analyzed for relevant domains of meaning and cultural themes. Four cultural themes were identified from the data: (1) A lot of negative things happen when you have an alcoholic parent, (2) There are ways to take care of an alcoholic, (3) You learn to live with secrecy, (4) We sometimes make the same mistakes but we try not to. Recommendations for nursing practice based on the experiences of the adult child of an alcoholic are presented as well as recommendations for further research.
Degree ProgramGraduate College