Reconstructing the alcoholic family.
World view change in co-dependents, Adult Children of Alcoholics/Al-Anon self-help groups.
We examined the processes through which 20 committed members (aged 29-52 yrs) of self-help groups for adult children of alcoholics experience alterations in their perceptions of family of origin.
Results suggest that world view transformation in the family of origin domain involves;
- learning to define the family as pathological,
- assigning responsibility for this pathology to a disease,
- forgiving oneself,
- accepting that one was adversely affected by the family’s problem, and
- ultimately learning to accept one’s parents’ shortcomings.