Marital and family processes in the context of alcohol use and alcohol disorders

Kenneth E. Leonard, Rina D. Eiden

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Alcohol use is often part of the fabric of marriage and family life, and although it is associated with certain positive effects, excessive drinking and alcohol disorders can exert a negative effect on the marital development and on the development of children in the context of the family. This review considers evidence that alcohol influences and is influenced by marital/family processes, including transitions into marriage and parenthood, marital satisfaction, marital violence, parenting, and child development. The review discusses the importance of antisocial behavior and the need to examine women's drinking, and the joint impact of men's and women's drinking on marital/family processes. The review highlights the lack of studies in certain key areas, including the link between discordant drinking and violence and marital satisfaction, the role of alcohol in child neglect, and the potential role of marital conflict as a mediator or moderator of the relationship between alcohol and child functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnual Review of Clinical Psychology
EditorsSusan Nolen-Hoeksema
Number of pages26
StatePublished - 2007

Publication series

NameAnnual Review of Clinical Psychology
ISSN (Print)1548-5943

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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