Historically, clinical sociology has assessed problematic, individual behavior as reflective of immediate social circumstance and situation. As such, practitioners have primarily targeted situational factors contributing to individual distress as areas of intervention. The following paper, however, views problematic, individual behavior as having social origins, yet targets strategies for intervention not at the interpersonal level, but at the intra-personal level—"within" the individual. The logic behind this argument is found in traditional, well-established sociological theory. An analysis of individuals raised in alcoholic homes will be used to demonstrate this perspective.

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