A quantitative and qualitative exploration of the dream content of women exposed to addictions

Jennifer D Parker


The aim of the study was to describe the dream reports of women who had been exposed to an addictive behaviour via at least one parent, and in their current romantic relationship. Thirteen women, aged between 18 and 25 completed a series of questionnaires that measured the effects of growing up in a family where an addictive behaviour was present. The women recorded their dreams for one month.  In total 118 dream reports were analysed and compared to 100 dream reports from women who had not been exposed to addiction. Significant differences were found and qualitative analysis highlighted areas of dreams that were continuous with walking life. The findings show that the dream life of women exposed to addiction was affected by significant, addicted others. Research implications and future directions are discussed.


Addiction, emotional concerns, continuity principle, dreams in Adult Children from Chemically Dependent families

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.11588/ijodr.2015.2.18642

URN (PDF): http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-ijodr-186427