Co-dependency: personality correlates in spouses of alcoholics

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One hundred and fifty co-dependent spouses of alcoholics were compared with an equal number of wives of non-alcoholics. Instruments to assess their self-esteem, neuroticism and pessimism were administered. Data analysis showed that the co-dependents had lower self-esteem and manifested greater levels of neuroticism and pessimism than the subjects of the reference group. The findings substantiate the stress hypothesis of co-dependency, which advocates that the stress of living with an alcoholic is responsible for the personality deficits seen in the spouse. Implications for therapeutic intervention have been discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-226
Number of pages13
JournalIndian Journal of Social Work
Volume65
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Co-dependency : personality correlates in spouses of alcoholics. / Stanley, Selwyn.

In: Indian Journal of Social Work, Vol. 65, No. 2, 2004, p. 213-226.

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