Ruth Ann Seilhamer

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The Home Interaction Scoring System (HISS) is a recently developed observational coding system allowing for the systematic description of naturalistic family interaction. After discussing the importance of naturalistic observation procedures, we present a brief review of several coding systems that have been developed for this purpose. Based on our(More)
The purpose of this paper is to describe the authors' ongoing investigation of alcoholism and family interaction--a large-scale observation study involving intact families assessed under a broad range of conditions. The methodology is characterized by the inclusion of two control groups, laboratory observations involving experimental drinking procedures,(More)
The impact of alcohol consumption upon parent-child relationships was assessed longitudinally in eight father-son dyads. Univariate and bivariate time series analyses of daily reports for 85 days revealed a number of significant effects. Most importantly, results suggest that not all children are similarly affected by fathers' day-to-day drinking. The(More)
Information regarding patterns and correlates of problem drinking over the life course is important for both clinical and research purposes although few retrospective, psychometrically adequate instruments to collect data of this kind are available. In the current study, the authors report 5-year test-retest reliabilities of the Lifetime Drinking History(More)
This study examined the correspondence between reports of alcoholic husbands and their wives on multiple dimensions of alcohol consumption and drinking-related events. Retrospective reports as well as prospective diaries (90 day period) were obtained from both spouses on husbands' behaviors, and correspondence was assessed at group and individual levels.(More)
This chapter reviews the family interaction literature concerned with families of alcoholics. The development of this area is traced from early reports that focused on individual family members to more recent approaches concerned with the family as an interacting unit. Theories that suggest that family processes reinforce patterns of abusive drinking are(More)
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