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NCJ Number: 119013 Find in a Library
Title: Theories on Alcoholism
Editor(s): C D Chaudron; D A Wilkinson
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 498
Sponsoring Agency: Addiction Research Foundation
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S1, Canada
Publication Number: ISBN 0-88868-162-3
Sale Source: Addiction Research Foundation
33 Russell Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S1,
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This book on theories of alcoholism is divided into 11 chapters organized into three sections: biological theories, psychological theories, and social theories.
Abstract: The biological theories include genetic, neurobiological, and neurobehavioral aspects. Psychological theories pertain to psychoanalytic factors, personality, classical conditioning, and social learning. Social theories involve systems, availability, and anthropological and economic aspects. The review of each theory focuses on principal elements of the theory, the theory's historical development, theory boundaries, research results and needs bearing on the theory, and practical implications of the theory. Each theory's relation to other theories is also explored. The editors emphasize that in dealing with such a multifaceted phenomenon as alcoholism, the theories presented must be viewed as complementary rather than competitive. The editors envision an integration of the theories into a more comprehensive network of interactive (as opposed to unidirectional), systems-oriented, cause-effect explanations for human behavior. Chapter references, author index, subject index.
Main Term(s): Alcoholism causes
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Alcoholics
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