A Phenomenological Study on the Ego-subjectivity Recovery Experience of the Wives of Alcoholics

알코올중독자 남편을 둔 여성배우자의 자아주체성 회복경험에 대한 현상학적 연구

Choi, Mi-Ran;Cho, Hee-Sun

  • Received : 2019.02.17
  • Accepted : 2019.03.20
  • Published : 2019.03.28


The objective of this study was to evaluate how wives of alcoholics could escape from the co-dependency relationship and recover their ego-subjectivity. This study conducted 1:1 in-depth interviews with five wives of alcoholics in order to achieve the study objective. Data collected from the interviews were analyzed by the phenomenological method proposed by Giorgi[1]. First, researchers extracted five subjects, including 'Co-dependency (Loss of ego-identity)', 'Impoverished life', Ego-prop', Ego-awareness', and 'Ego-subjectivity recovery' in the course of the data analysis. Secondly, researchers identified "Ego-subjectivity recovery through Ego-awareness of a wife of an alcoholic", an essential theme, by integrating all subjects. Researchers, based on the analysis results, proposed practical alternatives for various psychological treatment system and ego-prop like as counselling, family member of alcoholic wives and power of faith.


The Wives of Alcoholics;Ego-subjectivity Recovery;Phenomenological Study