Everyone has “issues”. However, those “issues” can range from a numerous of things: self, family, work, mental, physical, or emotional (i.e “daddy issues” or “mommy issues”). According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, childhood exposure to trauma has been linked with alcohol dependence, suggesting that adverse childhood experiences contribute to this environmental risk.

For this paper, I plan to discuss child maltreatment and the effect it could or could not have on one throughout childhood, adolescence years, and adulthood. Also I’m addressing alcoholism, in which child maltreatment could possibly contribute a connection along with factors, such as domestic violence and development delay in offspring.

I’ve decided to include a personal experience, with having a recovering alcoholic as a parent, so that my reader(s) can see a connection between myself and this review; not one full of numbers or “according to’s”, as if “I” am just the messenger and could not relate. I want other students and readers to understand that everyone has history, and that everyone has “issues,” but to understand that at the end of the day, you are the author of your life’s story and master of your fate.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2017

Senior Project Advisor

Dr. Alison Epperson

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Human Services

Document Type