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Alcoholism -- Etiology; Alcoholics -- Family relationships;


Theories regarding the etiology of alcoholism abound in the literature. Conceptualization of the disease has ranged from that of individual pathology to a symptom of family dysfunction. In the past, treatment providers have concentrated their efforts on treating the individual alcoholic while virtually ignoring issues regarding the adult alcoholic's family of origin as well as problems found in the alcoholic's nuclear family. More recently, theorists and therapists have begun looking at the impact of the family of origin on the development of alcoholism in certain individuals. Greater understanding of the disease has come to include examining not only the individual's genetic predisposition to alcoholism, but environmental factors such as living with an alcoholic parent or being raised in a highly dysfunctional family. The purpose of this paper was to examine the possible relationship between structural dysfunctions in the family of origin and the development of alcoholism.

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Master of Arts


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Robert T. Lembke


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