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Title: Understanding family coping with alcohol problems in the Sikh community
Author: Sekhon, A. K.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2675 6199
Awarding Body: The University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2000
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This thesis examines the coping mechanisms employed by the wives and daughters of male Sikh problem drinkers using both qualitative and quantitative data gathered through structured and semi-structure interviews. Interviews were carried out in either English or Punjabi with a main sample of 24 wives in addition to a sub-sample of 10 problem drinkers and 7 daughters. From analysis of the qualitative data several themes emerged including 'the role of the wife', 'marriage' and 'the changing role of Sikh women'. Analysis was done in two stages and enabled the development and subsequent modification of a model showing the different stages of the wives' coping strategies. Quantitative results largely supported these models. Daughters exhibited similar coping strategies to their mothers while the problem drinkers tended to deny that their wives' behaviour (which they reported as becoming more independent and assertive) had changed. The implications of this work for practice in clinical settings are discussed given that findings challenge the stereotypical view of 'passive' Sikh wives.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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