The degree of codependency in wives of alcoholics
Codependency was proposed as the conceptual framework to describe the interface between a set of intrapsychic and interactional response pattern in the context of a mutually dependent relationship. A high degree of codependency is assumed to denote a set of intrapsychic and interactional response pattern which is rigidly interrelated. A Codependency Scale comprised of interactional and intrapsychic dimensions was developed to measure the degree of codependency. A group of 27 wives of alcoholics and 45 wives of non-alcoholics were compared to examine if wives of alcoholics scored significantly higher in the Codependency Scale. Family functioning as perceived by the subjects was measured by the Family Assessment Measure-Ill (FAM-III) to provide concurrent measurements of the subjects' functioning at the individual, interactional and the family systems level. it was hypothesised that wives of alcoholics would score higher than wives of non-alcoholics in both the Codependency Scale and the FAM-III. All the hypothese were supported. Interpretation of the present findings, however, was only tentative in view of the small sample size and low reliability of the
Co-dependency Scale, Suggestion was made on ways to improve design for future research on the concept of codependency. Discussion was made on the clinical implication of an integrated approach which addressed the interface between the intrapsychic and interactional processes of functioning.
School:The University of Hong Kong
School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:alcoholics family relationships alcoholism psychological aspects
Date of Publication:01/01/1989