Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 371–384 | Cite as

Predictors of Family Functioning Within Alcoholic Families

  • Patrick Johnson


This study assessed the effects of various predictor variables on dimensions of functioning within alcoholic families. Participants were 173 college student volunteers from alcoholic families who completed a measure of family functioning, demographic questions, and questions related to experiences in their families of origin. Child abuse, spousal violence, parental divorce, length of time living with an alcoholic parent, parental marital status, and parental availability and predictability significantly affected family functioning, whereas frequency of parental drinking did not. Results suggest that quality of parental interactions with children is more important for functioning in alcoholic families than frequency of parental drinking.

alcoholism alcoholic families parent-child relations family therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Johnson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Health and Human DevelopmentBozeman

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