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Treating Adult Children of Alcoholics Through Forgiveness Therapy

NCJ Number
Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly Volume: 29 Issue: 3 Dated: July-September 2011 Pages: 274-292
Carole L. Osterndorf, Ph.D.; Robert D. Enright, Ph.D.; Anthony C. Holter, Ph.D.; John S. Klatt, Ph.D.
Date Published
July 2011
19 pages
This study examined two forms of group therapy for adult children of alcoholics.
This study examined two forms of group therapy for adult children of alcoholics; a forgiveness intervention was compared to a conflict resolution intervention. Twelve adults were randomly assigned to the treatment conditions and completed the 12-week interventions. At the end of 12 weeks, the conflict resolution group received the forgiveness intervention whereas the original forgiveness group received no further treatment. Measures of forgiveness, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, anger, and positive relationships were administered before and after each intervention. Both groups showed significant psychological improvements suggesting forgiveness therapy is a viable option for adult children of alcoholics. The therapeutic implications are discussed. (Published Abstract)