So I spent a few hours this past week on my lit review. I was excited to find a few books that I want to buy and read over winter break about my topic. I think they will be really helpful.
I had an issue with some of the Kean’s library’s databases. I have never had this many problems with technology than I have this semester. I wanted to use Ebscohost and try to find some scholarly articles to look over for my lit review. Ebscohost along with all of the other databases wouldn’t load on my computer. So this was frustrating, but I will not give up. I am going to try a PC to see if it was my computer or I’m going to try my wifi at home to see if it was the horrible Kean wifi. But I wanted to show that I did get some work accomplished this holiday break so this is what I have so far.
Literature Review – Thesis project
This is the beginning stages of my literature review. I have decided to look for texts and articles that chronicle the effects of an alcoholic parent on their children. Family dynamics and relationships are generally effected by an alcoholic family member. I am trying to find literature that supports that idea. Also because I am writing a creative piece I am trying to find other creative works within the same category.
Hafner, Katie. “Mother Daughter Me: a Memoir.” Penguin Random House. 2013 http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/204502/mother-daughter-me-by-katie-hafner/9780812981698/
Synopsis: The complex, deeply binding relationship between mothers and daughters is brought vividly to life in Katie Hafner’s remarkable memoir, an exploration of the year she and her mother, Helen, spent working through, and triumphing over, a lifetime of unresolved emotions.
Dreaming of a “year in Provence” with her mother, Katie urges Helen to move to San Francisco to live with her and Zoë, Katie’s teenage daughter. Katie and Zoë had become a mother-daughter team, strong enough, Katie thought, to absorb the arrival of a seventy-seven-year-old woman set in her ways.
Filled with fairy-tale hope that she and her mother would become friends, and that Helen would grow close to her exceptional granddaughter, Katie embarked on an experiment in intergenerational living that she would soon discover was filled with land mines: memories of her parents’ painful divorce, of her mother’s drinking, of dislocating moves back and forth across the country, and of Katie’s own widowhood and bumpy recovery. Helen, for her part, was also holding difficult issues at bay.
How these three women from such different generations learn to navigate their challenging, turbulent, and ultimately healing journey together makes for riveting reading. By turns heartbreaking and funny—and always insightful—Katie Hafner’s brave and loving book answers questions about the universal truths of family that are central to the lives of so many.
Kurutz, Steven. “‘Mother Daughter Me’: A Feel-Good Experiment That Wasn’t” The New York Times. July 3 , 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/garden/mother-daughter-me-a-feel-good-experiment-that-wasnt.html?_r=0
Synopsis: As Ms. Hafner chronicles in her new memoir, “Mother Daughter Me” (Random House, $26), The New York Times interviews her about what it ws like to write this memoir and what hr past was like with an alcoholic mother. She explains her experiment in mother-daughter-granddaughter bonding and how miscommunication can kick off a half-year of simmering resentments (though the tone is not comic).
Kritsberg, Wayne. “Adult Children of Alcoholics Syndrome: A Step By Step Guide To Discovery And Recovery.” Published in 1988. http://www.amazon.com/Adult-Children-Alcoholics-Syndrome-Discovery/dp/0553272799
Synopsis: More than 28 million Americans grew up in alcoholic families. They bear a painful legacy of confusion, fear, anger and hurt–and they are at shockingly high risk of marrying an alcoholic or becoming alcoholics themselves. In this authoritative book, Wayne Kritsberg shows how to recognize–and remedy–the long-term effects of the dysfunctional, alcoholic family. His proven techniques, based on extensive clinical experience using the Family Integration System offer REAL help and REAL hope for adult children of alcoholics–and those they love.
Dayton, Dr. Tian. “The ACoA Trauma Syndrome: What Is an ACoA?” The Huffington Post. Novemeber 19, 2012. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-tian-dayton/acoa_b_1894096.html
Synopsis: A description of a syndrome that children of alcoholics are effected by. It is described that when the child is young they suppress memories or feelings associated with the alcoholic relative. It describes how these feelings can be brought back by experiences. For example “The past we thought we’d neatly left behind once we got tall enough, old enough or smart enough intrudes onto our present and we are returned, in the blink of an eye, to childhood states of emotion and along with them floods of feelings and images that we “forgot” were there.”
Marion H. Typpo. Ph.D. “An Elephant In The Living Room – Leader’s Guide: A Leader’s Guide For Helping Children Of Alcoholics.” Hazelden Publishing, 1994 https://books.google.com/books/about/An_Elephant_in_the_Living_Room.html?id=CWMBnEtG8EwC
Synopsis: Professionals and other adult helpers will learn basic information in order to help children cope with an addicted parent or sibling. Offers practical guidance to education and health care professionals who help young people cope with a family member’s chemical dependency as it explains the disease of chemical dependency and the psychology of child development.
Woititz, Janet Geringer Ed.D. “Adult Children of Alcoholics” Health Communications INC. 1983
Synopsis: Janet Woititz broke new ground in our understanding of what it is to be an Adult Child of an Alcoholic. Today she re-examines the movement and its inclusion of Adult Children from various dysfunctional family backgrounds who share the same characteristics. After more than ten years of working with ACoAs she shares the recovery hints that she has found to work. Read Adult Children of Alcoholics to see where the journey began and for ideas on where to go from here.
Johnson, Jeannette L. PhD*, Leff, Michelle MD. “Children of Substance Abusers: Overview of Research Findings” American Academy of Pediactrics. 1999. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/103/Supplement_2/1085.short