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Jessie MasonEDHS 3500:AbnormalPsychologyMYTH: ADULT CHILDRENOF ALCOHOLICS DISPLAY ADISTINCTIVE PROFILE OFSYMPTOMS
 Enthusiastic, positive, cheerful view of life Confident Commands respect and recognition Warm and cheerful glow Prou...
THE BARNUM EFFECT
 “…personality descriptions from tests are made to fit thepatient largely or wholly by virtue of their triviality; and in...
 University of Missouri: 1992 224 subjects selected from 2,428 screenings Personality assessment Evaluation of “specif...
BARNUM PROFILES
ACOA PROFILES
 “…lack of a reliableinteraction between FamilyHistory and ProfileType, indicating that thedifference between ACOAprofile...
 Although this list of “symptoms” may describe adult childrenof alcoholics, it does not define them as a group. The pers...
Adult Children of Alcoholics
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Adult Children of Alcoholics

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An overview of a meta-analysis of current literature on Adult Children of Alcoholics.

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  • Uh, I am an adult child and totally disagree with this 'myth'. In fact, I find it dismissive and trivial, which is what happens to adult children during our childhoods. This Barnum has done as much damage as has Freud, another idiot in the field of human psychology.
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Adult Children of Alcoholics

  1. 1. Jessie MasonEDHS 3500:AbnormalPsychologyMYTH: ADULT CHILDRENOF ALCOHOLICS DISPLAY ADISTINCTIVE PROFILE OFSYMPTOMS
  2. 2.  Enthusiastic, positive, cheerful view of life Confident Commands respect and recognition Warm and cheerful glow Proud Super-achiever Inspiration to others Go out of your way to give helpful hints Offer genuine friendship Tremendous sense of loyalty in your relationshipsPROFILE
  3. 3. THE BARNUM EFFECT
  4. 4.  “…personality descriptions from tests are made to fit thepatient largely or wholly by virtue of their triviality; and inwhich any nontrivial, but perhaps erroneous, inferences arehidden in a context of assertions or denials which carry highconfidence simply because of the population base rates,regardless of the tests validity.” (Meehl, 1956)THE BARNUM EFFECT
  5. 5.  University of Missouri: 1992 224 subjects selected from 2,428 screenings Personality assessment Evaluation of “specific” personality profileRESEARCH
  6. 6. BARNUM PROFILES
  7. 7. ACOA PROFILES
  8. 8.  “…lack of a reliableinteraction between FamilyHistory and ProfileType, indicating that thedifference between ACOAprofiles and Barnum profileswas not different for ACOAsand non-ACOAs.” “…the majority of subjectsrated the profiles as highlydescriptive of Self.”RESULTS
  9. 9.  Although this list of “symptoms” may describe adult childrenof alcoholics, it does not define them as a group. The personality profiles of adult children of alcoholics seemaccurate to them because they are accurate to a large numberof people in the population, some of whom happen to be adultchildren of alcoholics.WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?

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