Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name



School of Social Work

First Advisor

Dr. Gale Horton


A single system design was utilized with a fourteen year old African-American female at Archer High School in Atlanta, Georgia. This study was conducted to investigate factors possibly contributing to children of alcoholics and low self-esteem. Hudson's Index of Self-Esteem was used as a baseline and during the intervention phase. This study focuses on a student with an alcoholic parent. Parameters studied include school performance, family relationships, socioeconomic factors, parental behavior and treatment/therapy. The results indicated that parental alcoholism is a strong predictor variable for low selfesteem. Furthermore, predictability of the student's low self-esteem status increased when negative parental behavior was displayed. For example, when a child is belittled or beaten by his alcoholic parent. It was also demonstrated that school performance begins to decline as a result of negative behavior displayed by the parent.