Treating Adult Children of Alcoholics: A Behavioral Approach

Paperback | June 15, 2000

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Treating Adult Children of Alcoholics showcases the first collection of treatment chapters devoted entirely to a systematic behavioral analysis of drinking and nondrinking offspring of alcoholic families. The author identifies the functional and behavioral characteristics that make up the adult children of alcoholics ACOA syndrome. This compendium combines current innovations in behavioral medicine with multi-componential interventions shown effective with the variety of disorders evident in this patient population. This handbook for practitioners is richly laced with case examples and addresses the needs of therapists seeking fast, effective and proven treatments for longstanding clinical symptoms of children of alcoholics. Key Features* First book to use behavioral analysis to talk about Adult Children of Alcoholics* Gives introductory principles of conditioning in opening chapters for novice readers* First book to say ACOA patterns are predictable, measurable, and treatable in a short time* Gives scientifically based criteria to "rate your date" and prevent repeated relationship failures* Introduces a new assessment device to diagnose ACOAs* Warns therapists of recovery sabotage and how to overcome it

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The phenomena of alcoholics` adult children is a very specific, yet very important area of mental health professionals should consider. Author Douglas Ruben has written Treatment of Adult Children of Alcoholics: A Behavioral Approach to serve practitioners who want the most current and relevant knowledge and methodologies. Ruben deals ...

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Treating Adult Children of Alcoholics showcases the first collection of treatment chapters devoted entirely to a systematic behavioral analysis of drinking and nondrinking offspring of alcoholic families. The author identifies the functional and behavioral characteristics that make up the adult children of alcoholics ACOA syndrome. Thi...

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Treating Adult Children of Alcoholics: A Behavioral Approach is the first book devoted entirely to a systematic behavioral analysis of the drinking and non-drinking offspring of alcoholic families. It combines current innovations in applied and experimental research with behavior therapy interventions proven effective with social skill...

Dr. Douglas Ruben is a psychologist and national consultant on family therapy, addictions, forensics, and media psychology. He is the author and co-author of over 40 books and over 100 professional articles, and is on the editorial board ofThe Forensic Examiner. Dr. Ruben is also the Director of the ACOA Behavior Research Center.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:283 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 15, 2000Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0126011303

ISBN - 13:9780126011302

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Table of Contents

Foreword.
Part I: Assessment of Adult Children of Alcoholics.
What is an Adult Children of an Alcoholic (ACOA).
Operational Analysis of the ACOA Syndrome.
Behavioral Patterns of the ACOA Syndrome.
Family Rules and Contingencies.
Living with ACOAs: Spousal Reactions.
Living with ACOAs: Parent-Child Reactions.
Assessment of ACOA Behaviors.
Part II: Treatment Methodology for Adult Children of Alcoholics.
Basic Components of Short-Term Treatment.
Side Effects of Healthy Recovery.
General References
Index.

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The phenomena of alcoholics` adult children is a very specific, yet very important area of mental health professionals should consider. Author Douglas Ruben has written Treatment of Adult Children of Alcoholics: A Behavioral Approach to serve practitioners who want the most current and relevant knowledge and methodologies. Ruben deals with the functional and behavioural characteristics constituting ACOA syndrome in detail. The author also looks at current innovations in behavioural medicine with multi-componential interventions with proven effect. Case studies, theoretical and practical considerations make this the leading text in this field.