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Coping Strategies and Personality Profile Characteristics of People Whose Parents Were Alcohol Addicts

Department of Abnormal Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Mochovaya 9, 125009 Moscow, Russia
Behav. Sci. 2020, 10(1), 32; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs10010032
Received: 30 November 2019 / Revised: 6 January 2020 / Accepted: 9 January 2020 / Published: 10 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue XVI European Congress of Psychology)
The relevance of this research is due to the wide prevalence of addictive behavior and the insufficient knowledge of the coping strategies of patients and their families. The purpose of this research was to investigate the resource factors and coping strategies of adults with alcohol-addicted parents and to make recommendations for psychological counseling for these people. The sample consisted of 52 subjects—who were participants in a twelve-step rehabilitation program for adult people whose parents had alcohol addictions—and 50 controls. We used guilt questionnaires (“The Guilt Inventory Questionnaire”, “The Interpersonal Guilt Questionnaire”), quantitative methods for evaluating the coping strategies used by participants (“coping strategies” (Lazarus, Folkman)), and a phenomenological analysis of the interviews with the participants. The results showed that adults with alcohol-addicted parents felt guilty in situations when they took care of somebody because their own parents did not model (and teach them) caretaking behavior. People whose parents were alcohol addicts tend to avoid accepting responsibility for their lives. The resource factors of people with alcohol-addicted parents included keeping a diary, participation in a rehabilitation program, and confidential communication with other people. View Full-Text
Keywords: twelve-step recovery program; alcohol addiction; dysfunctional family; family pain; guilt; coping strategies twelve-step recovery program; alcohol addiction; dysfunctional family; family pain; guilt; coping strategies
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Lutsenko, A.M. Coping Strategies and Personality Profile Characteristics of People Whose Parents Were Alcohol Addicts. Behav. Sci. 2020, 10, 32.

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