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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 69

Social competence among children of alcoholic and nonalcoholic parents

1 Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Kempegowda College of Nursing, Bengaluru, India
2 Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Dharwad Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Nursing, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Prof. Dayananda Bittenahalli Omkarappa
Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Kempegowda College of Nursing, V V Puram, K R Road, Bengaluru - 560 004, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_320_18

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BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY: A child's social competence depends on a number of factors including family atmosphere. Parental alcoholism effects the development of child directly or indirectly. Children of alcoholics (COAs) may have lower social competence. Addressing this problem at the earliest can significantly reduce the problems in future. The objective of the study is to compare the social competence between COAs and non-COA. METHODS: A cross-sectional comparative study design was used. The study was conducted at a selected government high school located in Bengaluru urban. One hundred COA and 100 non-COA were recruited for the study by using simple random sampling technique. Children of Alcoholic Screening Test (modified) and Social Competence Scale were used in the study. RESULTS: Results show that there is statistically significant difference between COAs and non-COAs with regard to prosocial attitude, social competition, social leadership, social tolerance, social maturity, social skills, and overall skills. CONCLUSION: The study concludes that COAs have low level of social competence.

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