Alcoholism and Family Interaction

  • Theodore Jacob
  • Ruth Ann Seilhamer
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


A large portion of the literature relevant to family influences on alcoholism has focused on the status of individuals within the family complex, in particular, the personality, psychosocial, and psychiatric patterns characterizing the alcoholic’s spouse and children. To a large extent, this literature has been individually focused and psychodynamically based, and investigators have endeavored to describe (a) personality patterns and traits of spouses that may predate the partner’s alcoholism and/or result from extended periods of family life involving an alcoholic partner and (b) patterns of maladaption manifested by children raised within a family including an alcoholic parent.


Marital Satisfaction Family Interaction Drinking Session Experimental Drinking Marital Interaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theodore Jacob
    • 1
  • Ruth Ann Seilhamer
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Family StudiesUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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