Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Professor Hattie M. Mitchell


The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between the predisposition for alcohol dependency in adult males and its association to being an offspring of an alcoholic family. The major variables examined by the researcher included adult males' susceptibility for alcohol dependency and offspring of an alcoholic family. An exploratory descriptive research design was used in this study and the data was collected using a survey comprised of 31 questions. This instrument was administered on a nonprobability convenient sample population of thirty (30) men, over the age of eighteen (18) recovering from their alcohol addiction (with at least thirty days clean time). The major findings of this research indicated that ninety-three percent (93%) of the respondents identified themselves as offspring of alcoholic families and ninety (90%) percent had been diagnosed as chemically dependent to alcohol by a professional. The hypotheses were accepted and statistical correlations (i.e. Chi-Square and Pearson's R) were presented on the major findings.

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