ERIC Number: ED266370
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Publication Date: 1985-Aug-25
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Battered Women as Coalcoholics: Treatment Options.
Lindquist, Carol Ummel; Kurtz, David S.
Alcohol abuse is often a precipitating factor in domestic violence, especially in the most serious forms of violence. The term coalcoholic has been used to describe persons in a dyadic relationship with an alcoholic including spouses, lovers, parents, or close friends. Two intervention programs for coalcoholic battered women were studied. In the first study, participants (N=70) were battered women from a residential shelter for battered women. One-half of the women attended an educational intervention program including films, lectures, and discussions on alcoholism. The other half, the control group, did not. Arrival interviews as well as 6- and 12-month follow-ups will be conducted to assess the frequency of verbal aggression, physical violence, social support, and alcohol dependence. In the second study, participants (N=6) included a battered coalcoholic woman, her battering husband, and four members of the couple's support group. Four therapy sessions prepared the woman to confront her alcoholic husband in the fifth session. Follow-up interviews were conducted which suggested that the intervention was successful in reducing violence. The results are only preliminary; interventions will be applied and studied for longer periods. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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