Family Structure and Behavior in Alcoholism: A Review of the Literature

  • Joan Ablon


The family in its varied forms through time has constituted the primary social unit of all societies. Marriage functions as a social institution that regulates sexual mating and legitimizes children. The family characteristically has borne the chief responsibility for the nurturing and socialization of children. In keeping with its social significance, a voluminous literature of fiction and nonfiction works deals with the intricacies of specific families and of families as generic social forms.


Family Structure Family Therapy Personality Type Marital Conflict Drinking Pattern 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joan Ablon
    • 1
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of California School of MedicineSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.The Community Mental Health Training ProgramLangley Porter Neuropsychiatric InstituteSan FranciscoUSA

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