ERIC Number: ED197411
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Alcoholic Family: A Communication Perspective.
Vartabedian, Laurel C. Klinger; Vartabedian, Robert A.
Currently researchers are reexamining the validity of viewing alcoholics outside of their most important social unit: the family. However, a review of the current research shows little directly addressing how communication patterns influence and possibly sustain alcoholic behavior within the family setting. One study suggests that alcoholism and treatment are more social than psychological considerations, and treatment should focus on positive interaction within the family structure. A wife's participation in treatment was found to improve the chances of her husband's abstinence, but there has been no study to determine if the nonalcoholic husband with an alcholic wife manifests the same characteristics as a nonalcoholic wife. One study observed that alcoholism provides a channel for venting emotions when other communication has broken down. If alcoholism is not caused by poor communication, it results in communication problems. While therapists have examined communication behavior from a pragmatic viewpoint while counseling alcoholic families, little research has been done with communication theory as a basis of analysis. A combination of communication research with studies on the alcoholic family appears to be a promising step toward understanding the problem. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (66th, New York, NY, November 13-16, 1980).