International Journal of Family Therapy

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 136–144 | Cite as

Alcoholism and incest: Improving diagnostic comprehensiveness

  • Charles P. Barnard


This article is designed to underscore the similarities in characteristics between alcoholic and incestuous family operations. Hopefully, readers will develop a more acute appreciation and understanding of the frequency of occurrence of both of these behaviors in the same family. The author contends that too often alcoholism will be diagnosed, while the incest is diagnostically missed or vice versa. To best insure that recidivism of either the alcohol or incest can be avoided, the author believes it is important to comprehensively diagnose and then treat appropriately.


Alcohol Health Psychology Social Issue Family Operation Incestuous Family 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles P. Barnard
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  1. 1.Marriage and Family TherapyUniversity of Wisconsin-StoutMenomonie

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