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First published in 1989 when the plight of children of alcoholics was initially brought to public attention, Working with Children of Alcoholics remains an essential tool for professionals that specifically addresses the needs of children growing up in alcoholic families. Expanding from the original highly successful handbook, the Second Edition incorporates the latest research, including Rubin's pivotal work on transcendent children, Robinson and Rhoden place alcoholism in a larger North American cultural context. They examine the effects of alcoholism in four essential family tasks: creating an identity, setting boundaries, providing for physical needs, and managing the family's emotional climate. Further,

A Systems Perspective of the Family
A systems perspective of the family

The application of the family systems viewpoint is relevant to our understanding of the complexity of alcoholic families and our efforts to help children who face the fear and problems caused by parents who drink too much. Alcoholism is an integral, inseparable part of the entire family and that family's social network. Alcoholism may even be regarded as a discrete “member of the family,” as it generates family dynamics and influences family functioning through its interaction with and impact on each family member.

Because the entire family revolves around the alcoholic's behaviors, the children are often second best, and the children's problems are often invisible. A comprehensive approach to helping children of alcoholic families must ...

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