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Author: Homer, Jenny F.
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1. Balsa, Ana I.
Homer, Jenny F.
French, Michael T.
Health Effects of Parental Problem Drinking on Adult Children
Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics 12,2 (June 2009): 55-66.
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Wiley Online
Keyword(s): Alcohol Use; Behavioral Problems; Family Studies; Gender Differences; Health, Mental/Psychological; Propensity Scores

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This study estimated the long-term consequences of parental problem drinking on their children using nationally representative panel data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1979 cohort. The analysis used propensity score matching methods adjusting for a rich set of demographic, household, geographic, and economic characteristics. The results indicate that parental problem drinking is associated with significant mental health consequences for children that persist far into adulthood. Adult respondents with a problem-drinking father were more likely to have been diagnosed with mental health problems relative to other respondents, while those with a problem-drinking mother had poorer self-perceived health and mental health (SF-12) scores. Respondents with a problem-drinking mother were also more likely to have ever been diagnosed with a mental health problem. Outcomes were worse for daughters of problem drinkers than for sons. These long-lasting consequences should be considered when designing and financing interventions targeting problem drinkers and their families.
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Balsa, Ana I., Jenny F. Homer and Michael T. French. "Health Effects of Parental Problem Drinking on Adult Children." Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics 12,2 (June 2009): 55-66.