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February 1967

The Female Alcoholic: A Social Psychological Study.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;16(2):258-259. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730200126026

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This book is a most welcome addition to the literature concerning alcoholism among women. The data for this study have been derived from a sample composed of 46 female inebriates admitted to the willmar State Hospital, willmar, Minn, from June to August 1960. Admission was voluntary or by commitment. The data were collected by means of two instruments, to which the respondents were asked to communicate verbally and in writing: (1) a carefully constructed questionnaire, which sought not only sociocultural factual information, but also self-definitions and definition of self as seen by others; and (2) an interview schedule in which substantial effort was made to preserve enough flexibility to bring out reasons and motives, and to allow enough probing to reveal additional relevant information. Copies of completed schedules are demonstrated in the appendices.

The data reveal much that is of interest and indicate that many

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