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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 Sociohistorical Perspective of Alcoholism in the United States
A sociohistorical perspective of alcoholism in the United States

Just as each child lives and develops within the context of his or her family system, each family lives and develops in the context of its suprasystem, the overarching social patterns of our culture. As we discussed in Chapter 1, an understanding of the dynamics of the family system can guide our work with children of alcoholic families. Similarly, an understanding of the values, attitudes, and beliefs surrounding alcohol use and abuse in our culture can contribute to our understanding of these families.

Since the founding of our nation, alcohol has played an integral role in American culture. Over the course of our history and into the present, the ...

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