World view change in Adult Children of Alcoholics/Al-Anon self-help groups: Reconstructing the alcoholic family.

Examined the processes through which 20 committed members (aged 29-52 yrs) of self-help groups for adult children of alcoholics experience alterations in their perceptions of family of origin.

Results suggest that world view transformation in the family of origin domain involves;

  • learning to define the family as pathological,
  • assigning responsibility for this pathology to a disease,
  • forgiving oneself,
  • accepting that one was adversely affected by the family’s problem, and
  • ultimately learning to accept one’s parents’ shortcomings.
Humphreys, Keith. World view change in Adult Children of Alcoholics/Al-Anon self-help groups: Reconstructing the alcoholic family. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy. Vol 46(2), Apr 1996, 255-263.
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