Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Public Health (MPH)
School of Public Health
Marcella Nunez Smith
Objective: To characterize the lived experience of women in Trinidad and Tobago who have at least one family member with chronic alcohol use.
Method: In-person, semi-structured qualitative interviews.
Results: 1) The cultural context in which women with alcohol dependent relatives live shapes their understanding of their roles; 2) a tension emerged between the participants’ idealized role in their family and the reality; 3) participants employed a range of coping mechanisms to deal with their alcohol dependent relative; and 4) the experiences of the participants can be better understood in the larger context of systems of support and enablement in Trinidad and Tobago.
Conclusion: The Caribbean region presents a unique opportunity to study how women’s familial relationships are altered as a result of alcohol misuse. Understanding the complex experiences of women in Trinidad and Tobago with alcohol dependent family members may help to inform the development of family-level interventions and alcohol policies in the region.
Lakew, Rebecca, "Impact Of Alcohol On Households And Families In Trinidad And Tobago" (2016). Public Health Theses. 1159.
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