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Older women’s experiences, identities and coping strategies for dealing with a problem-drinking male family member
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Centrum för socialvetenskaplig alkohol- och drogforskning (SoRAD).ORCID-id: 0000-0003-2473-6330
2017 (engelsk)Inngår i: Drugs: education prevention and policy, ISSN 0968-7637, E-ISSN 1465-3370, Vol. 24, nr 5, s. 409-417Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

Aims: In this study, we highlight the identities and actions of women with a problem-drinking relative by analysing autobiographies of women born between the 1920s and the 1950s. We ask how women describe their relationship and the problems arising because of a significant other’s drinking and how they cope with these problems. Methods: In the analysis, we pay attention to the power dynamics between family members. We, first, trace what kind of positions or identities the protagonists take in relation to the drinker. Second, we examine what kinds of harms and emotional reactions significant other’s drinking causes. Third, we consider how writers identify or take distance from events described in the autobiographies. Findings: Our analysis reveals four main identities and coping strategies: the positions of victim, helper, boundary setter and fighter. The victim and helper positions often entail women’s weakness and oppressed role, while the positions of boundary setter and fighter express women’s own power and reflexivity in action. Conclusions: Knowledge of the identities and coping strategies is important for understanding the power aspects of a relationship and developing appropriate support for women suffering from family member’s drinking.

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2017. Vol. 24, nr 5, s. 409-417
Emneord [en]
Coping, wives of alcoholics, drinking problems, autobiographies, qualitative research, identity
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sociologi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-141926DOI: 10.1080/09687637.2016.1184622ISI: 000406387000006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-141926DiVA, id: diva2:1089789
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Drinking, Gender Differences and Social Change. The Gendered Dynamics of Swedish Drinking Situations from a Comparative Perspective (project no. 20140167, funded by FORTE, Sweden)
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2014-00167Tilgjengelig fra: 2017-04-20 Laget: 2017-04-20 Sist oppdatert: 2022-02-28bibliografisk kontrollert

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