Children of Alcoholics
In short, dysfunctional alcoholic families have the potential to vividly restrict the individuation process. Extant research underscores the importance for children from alcoholic dysfunctional families to learn strategies for enhancing separateness from parental influences. In other words, children need to be encouraged to accept their parents' illness and to understand that they are not responsible either for the illness or for helping the parents to resolve their personal problems. Only in this way will children be able to constructively individuate from the family, explore their own identity options, and maintain constructive relationships with the parents at the same time.
See also: ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT; CHILD ABUSE: PHYSICAL ABUSE AND NEGLECT; CODEPENDENCY; CONDUCT DISORDER; DEPRESSION: ADULTS; DEPRESSION: CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS: DEVELOPMENT: COGNITIVE; DEVELOPMENT: EMOTIONAL; DEVELOPMENT: SELF; DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY; FAMILY DIAGNOSIS/DSM-IV; HEALTH AND FAMILIES; JUVENILE DELINQUENCY; RUNAWAY YOUTHS; SEPARATION-INDIVIDUATION; SUBSTANCE ABUSE
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TONY D. CRESPI