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The Dysfunctional Childhood Legacy
The dysfunctional childhood legacy
Session III Text
Factors

Although many factors may be involved in a dysfunctional family (see Table 3.1), the ones we see as significant for women in this program are primarily abuse and substance addiction. Abuse may be physical, emotional, or sexual. The victim may be a child or the mother, or all members of the family may share in the victimization. We do know that if anyone is being abused in any way, all members of the family are affected by it. Although we do not believe it causes abuse, addiction to alcohol or other substances plays a large role in a majority of families where abuse is present.

Table 3.1 Family Profiles
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