The Resource Women with alcoholic husbands : ambivalence and the trap of codependency, Ramona M. Asher

Women with alcoholic husbands : ambivalence and the trap of codependency, Ramona M. Asher

Label
Women with alcoholic husbands : ambivalence and the trap of codependency
Title
Women with alcoholic husbands
Title remainder
ambivalence and the trap of codependency
Statement of responsibility
Ramona M. Asher
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In this important new study of women with alcoholic husbands, sociologist Ramona Asher vividly describes the process of coming to terms with a profound crisis in one's private life. Her interviews with more than fifty women, all participants in family treatment programs, enabled Asher to assemble a composite picture of the experiences shared by wives of alcoholics. How they came to see the crisis in their lives, and how they began to recognize their own very mixed emotions--that is the dramatic story Asher presents. The testimony given by these women illustrates the steps each must take to regain hold of her life. The first step, as Asher shows, is confronting "definitional ambivalence"--Figuring out what is happening and deciding what to do about it. Asher argues that the current vogue of using the label "dependent" may actually hinder rather than facilitate emotional health. Because the concept of codependency reinforces the idea that women are compulsively vulnerable to men in need of nurturing, Asher argues that it prompts women to feel incapable of becoming assertive, independent individuals. Led to think of themselves as addicted to their husbands' addiction, the wives of alcoholics may be persuaded that their own problems can't be overcome. Asher shows that they can take command of their lives. Asher's analysis breaks through popular notions about wives of alcoholics and presents a whole new understanding of denial, control, and other so-called symptoms of codependency. Her book raises important questions about how society views women who are married to alcoholics
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
362.29/23
Index
index present
LC call number
HV5132
LC item number
.A74 1992eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Women with alcoholic husbands : ambivalence and the trap of codependency, Ramona M. Asher
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-217) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm44955666
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 223 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780807860151
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b36615717
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)44955666
  • ebscoaca0807860158
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

Library Locations

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