Children living in families where fathers are alcoholic face trauma that have implications in the
familial, educational and psychological experiences and also have serious impact on their future
lives. Studies in this direction are very few in India. This is an exploratory study using a case
study design that studies the experiences of two families specifically focusing in a boy and a girl
from each family. The case study methodology described by Tin has been followed. Pattern
matching has been used for Analysis. Discussion is based on interviews, events from the life of
the family. Conclusions highlight and reinforce the findings of earlier studies that describe the
trauma faced by children in alcoholic families and emphasize the need for further study and
legislative action to deal with this malaise. The study provides hope for children from alcoholic
families who can benefit from support from other agencies including volunteer organizations.
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