ERIC Number: ED314772
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Recovering Female Alcoholic: A Family Affair.
Rolls, Judith A.
To ensure a positive prognosis, the recovering female alcoholic requires family therapy as an adjunct to her regular treatment program. Research indicates that the characteristics affecting a person's ability to secure and use treatment include (1) predisposing factors; (2) attitudes toward alcohol and health care; (3) personal enabling factors; and (4) social factors. Children of alcoholic mothers may not learn to trust, may come to believe that their lives are normal, and may develop insecure, unpredictable relationships with their mothers. Husbands of these women often see no reason to be involved in their wives' treatment, claim professional responsibilities as excuses for not being involved, and tend to leave their wives. These men may resent the time the women spend in treatment, and may be skeptical of the need for total sobriety. The mother's drinking, and the later cessation of her drinking after treatment, may disrupt family roles. Hence, each member requires therapy, as does the overall family unit. Because of the mother's central role in the family there is a necessity for a forum for family members to express themselves and to learn new communication styles. Two case studies illustrate the benefits of family therapy for recovering female alcoholics and their families. (Twenty-seven references are attached.) (SG)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (75th, San Francisco, CA, November 18-21, 1989).