ABSTRACT

Although the four individual stories presented in the last chapter raise many issues addressed in the research reported in this book, it is important to recognise that we were not the first to have researched into the experiences of children of problem drinkers. This is important for a number of reasons, not least because no one research study on its own can hope to provide definitive answers to complex and interesting questions such as the ones posed here. Instead, it is necessary to see how the present findings complement, or alternatively contradict, the findings of others.