In addition, there is copious research on the roles of individuals within the family becoming defined into specific categories, and evidently, the roles may become reversed between the parent and the child. This topic of functional roles in alcoholic families will be analyzed and investigated further. Family therapy has had substantial results in the treatment of an alcoholic parent. These results will be discussed more along, with the literature examining the existing research related, to specific interventions and treatments in family therapy with an alcoholic parent. Before research on the treatment is illuminated on distinctive therapies, it is crucial for counselors facilitating family therapy to comprehend the literature on the presenting problems commonly, associated with alcoholic parents and the effects this population has on their families.
Depression affects a couple's marriage by creating distress and conflict. It interrupts families as people try to deal with a parent/child/adolescent with depression. It can also be something that is learned socially, jumping from one family member to another, and can afflict numerous people within a family system. Multiple family members may be diagnosed with depression, or there may be depression that is not being treated. It can impact a family by eating up all the energy of a household, infiltrating it with negative emotions, and creating havoc.
Scope of the Problem The whole portion of this topic is to describe and explain what mothers experience having a diagnosis and depressive symptoms means in their lives and what interventions are available to help reduce these symptoms and also preventative initiatives. Service User Experience This section of the topic will describe the issues such as lack of professional and social support network, which affects their psychological and psychosocial development. The importance of being made aware of service user experience can have a positive effect on improving interventions. Without knowing what service users experience of being labelled with postnatal depression, there will be difficulty in implementing services for service users. Service user experience is also integrated with service user involvement which will later be discussed later in the forthcoming sections.
The Walls children, who frequently encounter their father’s abusive behavior, are affected mentally in the same way that national studies have shown. Jeanette Walls describes how, after drinking, her father’s behavior becomes cruel and intolerable through his use of profanity, threats, and angry, even violent, actions. In a conventional family, a parent has the responsibility of being a role model to influence their children in a positive way as they develop. Unfortunately, in the Walls family and other families with alcoholic parents, children are often subject to abuse and violence, which places them at risk, not only physically, but mentally. Rex’s irrational behavior when he is drunk is detrimental to the children’s upbringing, causing them to lose trust in their parents, have significantly lower self-esteem and confidence, and feel insecure.
O’Neill portrays the complex relationships that evolve form a family that suffers from addiction problems. Eugene O’Neill portrays the impacts that addiction has on familial life throughout the play. The thematic claims about these impacts are prominent in Jamie’s monologue. As the family members become intoxicated it creates great tension between them. The inability to move on from past events makes the characters abuse chemical substances to escape their past events.
Under the influence of an alcohol dependent parent, children will often grow up in a callous and emotionally unavailable environment that can lead to a dangerous lifestyle as an adult such as difficulty socializing, criminal activity, and a dependency on alcohol much like their parent. When a child lives in a household with a parent or authoritative figure who consumes alcohol to an excess, it is likely that they are to receive abuse. According to various studies, “up to 90% of child abuse cases involve at least one parent being an alcoholic” (Children Affected by Alcoholic Parents 1). With abuse comes many psychological problems. A child can become very introverted and refuse any help from their friends, family, or teachers.
(Mayoclinic, 2012) • Additionally, Alcoholic Anonymous UK states that alcoholism is a combination of physical impulse and a mental obsession which lead to enormous craving for alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic is a person who consume alcohol Definition of Underage drinking • Underage drinking is consumption of alcoholic beverages (e.g. beers) done by a person whose age is below 21 years old. (National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2006) Influence of parents: • According to Robert J Ackerman: alcoholism will influence the whole family and will also cause massive problems for the family, some of them are: o Lack of emotional support for the chldren o Children of alcoholics perceive alcohol as a means of escape problems (children might become alcoholic as well). o Unhealthy/inconsistent parenting o Emotional insecurities for the children o Dissolvement of family (divorce) • Robert J Ackerman states that there are four phases of family reaction to the existence of alcoholics, they are: o The reactive phase: in this phase the family members will be very cautious to the alcoholic’s behavior, this phase begins with family denials, coping strategies and social disengagement.
One of the themes that will be discussed is the family and anorexia nervosa; this subject will be looked into to find out how families of anorexia nervosa sufferers deal with the difficulties and complications of living with an individual who has been affected by the disorder. Anorexia nervosa does not just have an effect on the individual who is suffering from the disorder but can in fact impact the whole family of that individual. “The association of family dynamics and the relationship to eating disorders has been studied frequently in hopes of determining the effect of one on the other. Eating disorders encroach on every aspect of a family’s life” (Dimitropoulos, 2008). There was supposed belief of anorexia nervosa being caused by families of the patient, however since then there has been research which suggests that family conflicts have an influence on the disorder but is not an authentic cause of the disorder.
In order to perform this task, the therapist must inject himself/herself as an active role (Minuchin, 1974) within the family forcing... ... middle of paper ... ... and strategies to see if structural therapy is effective style. Structural Family Therapy, consist of some good contextual stages of treatment but I believe it is situational oriented, meaning this type of therapy results would vary based on problem involved within the family structure. The nature of a family’s subsystem as a therapist I need to identify all issues to include unemployment/financial problems, ongoing abusive adult relationships, and conflict with family members, and limited social support (Nichols, 2013). Due to the nature of structural therapy, being aggressive in treatment according to Families and Family Therapy book probably is not favorable in my intention of the applied practice after graduating. Dealing with PTSD affected families I need a more gentler approach due to aggression is a trigger which should not be enabled.
Some identified precursors were disrupted parent-child relations, and childhood experiences of nonapproving or inconsistently approving parents with love that is conditional upon success. The article also addresses the implications of these findings on courses of treatment for depression. It is acknowledged that patients suffering from this perfectionism-derived depression must r... ... middle of paper ... ...ity to real, everyday life. Neurotic perfectionism is something that occurs often enough, and is serious enough that it deserves more research into the dangers and results it can lead to. After dealing with some family experiences with depression, I was interested to learn about different causes of depression and factors that contribute to the development of it, and how it can then lead to suicide.