Alcohol and the Family: Research and Clinical Perspectives


Covering a wide spectrum of topics, ranging from the role of genetics in the development of alcoholism to the involvement of family members in treatment, Alcohol and the Family offers practitioners and researchers a comprehensive, state-of-the-art exploration and review of this important topic.
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Covering a wide spectrum of topics, ranging from the role of genetics in the development of alcoholism to the involvement of family members in treatment, Alcohol and the Family offers practitioners and researchers a comprehensive, state-of-the-art exploration and review of this important topic.
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"ALCOHOL AND THE FAMILY is a very scholarly and up-to-date review of the three major aspects of the relationship of the family to alcoholism: genetics, family processes, and family-oriented treatment. It is particularly relevant since it arrives at a time when there has been a widespread move to exclude the input of many types of professionals from the treatment of alcoholism. Fortunately, family therapists have been historically more welcome in the treatment of substance abusers than most professional disciplines. It is time, however, that the family therapy field had a sound scientific foundation on which to build its critical role in a comprehensive, therapeutic approach towards alcoholics. This book has taken a giant leap forward in that direction." --Edward Kaufman, M.D. From the Foreword.

"This volume contains an excellent collection of high quality papers concerned with alcohol and the family. The three areas selected for critical review--family genetics, family process, and family treatment--represent particularly exciting areas of study within this rapidly developing literature. For both researchers and clinicians, this volume should be enthusiastically received." --Theodore Jacob, Ph.D., University of Arizona

"This book offers an excellent (and essential) resource for those embarking on research on any aspect of alcohol and the family....Although this is not a book that the reader will comfortably curl up with and zoom through (it is far too meaty and requires time to digest and metabolize), the serious scholar, as well as the newcomer to the field, will turn to it over and over again as a guiding source....In short, this very excellent tome summarizes the current state-of-the-art, raises provocative questions for researchers as well as clinicians, and poses important areas for future investigation." --Marsha Vannicelli, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

American Journal of Psychiatry

"One of the best....Well worth reading."--American Journal of Psychiatry
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

"This is a great reference--complete, well-written, and authoritative."--Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
The topics include the influence of genetics and environment on alcoholism, the effects of alcoholism on family life, and the family's role in treatment. The 14 essays are by and for clinicians and researchers in psychology, social work, and sociology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898621693
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/16/1990
  • Series: Guilford Substance Abuse Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Contribution of Genetic Factors to the Development of Alcoholism, Searles
2. Genetics of Alcoholism, Cadoret.
3. Biological Markers for Vulnerability to Alcoholism, Tarter, Moss, & Laird. 4. Behavior Genetic Models of Alcohol Abuse, Rowe.
5. Impact of the Family on Adolescent Drinking Patterns, Barnes.
6. Psychosocial Functioning in Children of Alcoholics, Johnson.
7. Family Culture and Alcoholism Transmission, Bennett & Wolin.
8. Marital Functioning Among Episodic and Steady Alcoholics, Leonard.
9. Sexual Functioning of Male Alcoholics, O'Farrell.
10. Summary: Family Processes and Alcoholism, Leonard.
11. Family Treatment of Alcohol Abuse: Behavioral and Systems Perspectives, Collins.
12. Remission Among Alcoholic Patients and Family Adaptation to Alcoholism: A Stress and Coping Perspective, Cronkite, Finney, Nekich, & Moss.
13. The Marital Relationship and Alcoholism Treatment, McCrady.
14. Alcohol-Related Coping Skills in Spouses of Alcoholics: Assessment and Implications for Treatment, Rychtarik
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