Emotional Intelligence in relation to psychosocial problems and coping strategies among children of alcoholism patients: An exploratory study

Dr Vinod Shanwal, India


  • Due to scarcity of existing literature the present work will be useful in better understanding psychosocial problems in children of alcohol dependents.
  • This study will also be helpful in understanding various issues related to the psychosocial consequences in families of alcoholic patients. 
  • The study will provide information for developing interventional strategies for these children.


It is a well-known fact that alcoholics face health, mental and social problems, which has negative effect on psychosocial status of the family members including children, spouse and parents. Various studies in this direction have revealed that a general atmosphere of moodiness, tension, and irritability characterizes families of alcoholics as well as communication problems with the spouse and children (Wilson & Mulhall, 1983; Vannicelli, Gingerich, & Ryback, 1983). Similarly in Indian context also consequences of alcoholism are well documented in social, family and economic aspects. (Desai et aI, 2003).

The psychosocial problems and maladaptive coping strategies among family members of alcoholic patients enhance burden and disability in the families of alcoholic. In this direction, the concept of emotional intelligence has also emerged as a possible explanation for psychosocial problems as well as for the use of maladaptive coping strategies, recently (Mayer & Salovey, 1995; Goleman, 2001).

The present research is an exploratory study on emotional intelligence and psychosocial problems among children of patients of alcohol dependence. A cross sectional study was designed with the above objectives to assess the emotional intelligence and psychosocial problems of children of alcoholism patients. Also the relationship of emotional intelligence with psychosocial problems of children of alcoholic patients has been explored. The study is based  on a sample of 25 children of alcoholic patients seeking treatment of alcohol dependence at the Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre (DATRC) of IHBAS. These children were assessed by using child behaviour checklist (CBCL), MEIS-Hindi Version, Semi Structured interview schedule to look for above objectives. The data was analyzed by using appropriate statistical techniques. The results will be presented and implications will be shared.


Vinod K. Shanwal, Ph.D.: Research Associate Fellow - Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences (IHBAS), Delhi, and author of Emotional Intelligence: The Indian Scenario. He is recipient of the P.B. Buckshey and Young Scientist Awards for the best paper presentations in a National as well as International Annual Conferences in the year 2004; 2005 respectively.


He has been Assistant Coordinator from India in organizing an International Conference on Mental health held from 3rd to 6th Feb 2005 in Delhi. He is on the panel of World Association for Value Education (WAVE) as resource person as well as with some other organizations of repute.  Several book chapters, research articles and research papers are to his credit.  He has been a member of the coordinating team of NexusEQ 2005.