Journal of Mental Health and Human Behaviour

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 52--56

Behavioral problems and temperamental characteristics among children in alcoholic families


Ottilingam Somasundaram Ravindran1, K Hima2, S Natarajan1, R Sathianathan1 
1 Department of Psychiatry, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Clinical Psychology, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Ottilingam Somasundaram Ravindran
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India

Background: Children of alcoholics (COAs) are at high risk for behavioral problems and temperamental difficulties. Aim: The aim of this study was to compare the behavioral problems and temperamental characteristics in children of persons with and without alcoholism. Materials and Methods: Using a case–control design, 60 children (30 in the study group and 30 controls) were evaluated for their behavioral problems, aggression, and temperamental characteristics. Tools used were: Child Behavior Checklist, Aggression Questionnaire, and the Malhotra's Temperament Schedule. Results: The COAs were found to be more aggressive, manifesting more behavioral problems and temperamental difficulties than the controls. Conclusion: Children in families with an alcohol-dependent father are at increased risk for problem behaviors with a difficult temperament.


How to cite this article:
Ravindran OS, Hima K, Natarajan S, Sathianathan R. Behavioral problems and temperamental characteristics among children in alcoholic families.J Mental Health Hum Behav 2018;23:52-56


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Ravindran OS, Hima K, Natarajan S, Sathianathan R. Behavioral problems and temperamental characteristics among children in alcoholic families. J Mental Health Hum Behav [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 Sep 21 ];23:52-56
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