Janet G. Woititz

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Janet Beigel Geringer Woititz (March 27, 1938 – June 7, 1994)[1] was an American psychologist and researcher best known for her writings and lectures about the adult children of alcoholic parents.,[2] Including the 1983 book, Adult Children of Alcoholics.[3] [2]

Woititz was born Janet Geringer in Great Neck, New York in 1938. She earned a bachelor's degree from Antioch College and a master's at Montclair State College (since renamed to Montclair State University). In 1976 she received her doctorate at Rutgers University, where during summer she taught at the Rutgers Center for Alcoholic Studies. In 1983, Health Communications published her book, Adult Children of Alcoholics, which was translated into six languages and also was a best-seller until 1987. In 1985 she published a book called Struggle for Intimacy, of which nearly one million copies were sold in the first year.[2]

She died on June 7, 1994, at the age of 55, at her home in Roseland, New Jersey.[2]

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  1. ^ Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014. Social Security Administration.
  2. ^ a b c d Saxon, Wolfgang. "Janet G. Woititz, 55, Author Who Studied Alcoholics' Children", The New York Times, June 14, 1994. Accessed October 10, 2013. "Dr. Janet G. Woititz, a best-selling author, lecturer and counselor to the troubled offspring of alcoholics, died last Thursday at her home in Roseland, N.J. She was 55."
  3. ^ Janet G. Woititz (1983). Adult Children of Alcoholics: Expanded Edition. Health Communications. ISBN 978-1-55874-112-6.