Drinking patterns of women: influence of social roles and social history

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Title: Drinking patterns of women: influence of social roles and social history
Author: Brumbelow, Sondra Joan
Abstract: Recent research demonstrates that women's patterns of problematic drinking behavior vary by age , occupation , marital status , motherhood , and various role configurations (Parker & Brody , 1982 ; Wilsnack & Cheloha , 1987 ) . This suggests that some of the etiological forces underlying women's alcohol use may be rooted within the roles and statuses of the larger society . If drinking behavior was not influenced by societal conditions but only by genetic factors , biological factors , or by the chance combination of personality elements , then there would be no direct association between drinking and key social characteristics . The presence of such associations delivers a very clear message : there must be something in the experiences that women have as role occupants of gender , age , marital status , motherhood , and occupation that helps to explain their patterns and styles of drinking (Pearlin , Lieberman , Menaghan , & Mullen , 1981 ) .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /22023
Date: 1993-12

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Drinking patterns of women: influence of social roles and social history. Doctoral dissertation, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /22023 .

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