ERIC Number: ED209621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jan
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Relationship Between Alcoholism and Character Disorder.
Wolfley, Virgil L.
Studies have shown that sociopaths and alcoholics tend to come from similar social backgrounds and that they share several characteristics. To investigate the relationship between alcoholism and character disorder syndrome in adult males, 20 males who had a history of alcohol problems and displayed characteristics of character disorder were studied by case study analysis. All 20 cases received a diagnosis of alcoholism; 13 received a diagnosis of character disorder. Most cases were diagnosed in 11 or more areas of disturbance; however, four of the seven non-character-disordered were diagnosed in less than nine areas. Fifteen cases had a history of school truancy, 15 were financially dependent on others, and 12 had a history of arrests. The most frequent problems indicated were disturbed marital history, alcohol abuse, impulsive behavior, and difficulties in work history. The findings suggest that these results were insufficient to substantiate a relationship between alcoholism and character disorders. (NRB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D., University of Sarasota. Best copy available.