Effects of alcoholism on the family system

L. Shulamith, Ashenberg Straussner, Dava L. Weinstein, Ricardo Hernandez

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Because the family is a system, the alcoholism of one member afiects all the others, who develop defenses and symptoms parallel to those of the alcoholic. The authors describe the "survival roles" members adopt that allow the system to maintain its equilibrium and explain how this balance shifts as the family recovers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-127
Number of pages16
JournalHealth and Social Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)


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