Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 23–42 | Cite as

The Natural Mentors of Adolescent Children of Alcoholics (COAs): Implications for Preventive Practices

  • Timothy A. Cavell
  • Barbara T. Meehan
  • Robert W. Heffer
  • Janice J. Holladay


Late adolescent children of alcoholics (COAs) were interviewed about their relationship with a natural mentor. Comparisons in social and emotional functioning were made to a matched sample of COAs who did not have a natural mentor. Results showed that a typical mentor was a same-sex relative who had been responsible for initiating the mentor-like relationship. Mentors' familiarity with adolescents' parents predicted the quality of the mentoring relationships. Differences in the reported adjustment of COAs with and without natural mentors are considered in light of prevention programming and its evaluation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy A. Cavell
    • 1
  • Barbara T. Meehan
    • 1
  • Robert W. Heffer
    • 1
  • Janice J. Holladay
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTexas A&M UniversityCollege Station

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