Spouse Enabling Inventory (SEI)

Spouse Enabling Inventory (SEI)
Thomas‚ Yoshioka‚ & Ager‚ 1993
As it involves the drinker in the last six months‚ how often have you:
1.    Told amusing stories about others who drank a lot
2.    Spoken admiringly of the ability of others to hold their drink
3.    Had the drinker’s car repaired after an alcohol-related accident
4.    Paid fines for drunk driving offenses
5.    Bailed the drinker out of jail because of a drink-related offense
6.    Returned beer bottles and/or collected and washed glasses used for drinking by the drinker
7.    Suggested that the drinker attend activities where alcohol was to be served
8.    Invited friends over to drink
9.    Gone to bars with the drinker
10.Bought alcohol and kept it in the home
11.Served alcohol with meals or snacks
12.Helped the drinker find his/her things lost while drunk
13.Provided the drinker with clean clothes after he/she soiled them due to use of alcohol
14.Gone to drinking parties with the drinker
15.Arranged parties where alcohol was served and which were attended by the drinker
16.Made hangover remedies
17.Cleaned up alcohol-related messes (e.g.‚ spilled drinks‚ vomit‚ urine)
18.Tended to the drinker’s alcohol-related injuries
19.Put the drinker to bed when he/she has been drinking
20.Avoided social contact with friend to cover up the drinking
21.Avoided relationships with neighbors and others who might dr‎op in‚ to cover up the drinking
22.Avoided social contact with the extended family to cover up the drinking
23.Encouraged children to be silent about the drinking
24.Called the drinker’s place of employment to say he/she was sick when he/she could not or would not go to work because of the drinking
25.Taken responsibility for awakening the drinker the morning after a night of drinking so that he/she would not be late for work
26.Canceled appointments and social engagements for the drinker because of his/her drinking
27.Made excuses for the drinker’s behavior when he/she was drunk or had been drinking
28.Taken responsibility for keeping his/her drinks cold (e.g.‚ beer‚ wine‚ mixers)
29.Spoken admiringly of the drinker’s ability to hold his/her drink
30.Bought devices especially for the drinker such as shot glasses‚ bottle openers‚ drinking glasses
31.Said the drinker behaved better when drinking (e.g.‚ easier to get along with)
32.Offered drinks to the drinker
33.Given him/her something to eat when he/she got drunk to reduce the effects of the drinking
34.Explained‚ justified‚ or made excuses to others for the drinker’s drinking
35.Explained‚ justified‚ or made excuses to others for the drinker’s drinking
36.Reassured the drinker that his/her inappropriate and/or embarrassing behavior when under the influence of alcohol was not all that bad
37.Comforted the drinker about his/her feelings of guilt about drinking
38.Said to the drinker or others that the amount of alcohol drunk was less than actually was drunk
39.Softened or covered up the obvious signs of alcohol abuse (e.g.‚ blackouts‚ tremors‚ puffy face‚ bloodshot eyes‚ hangovers)
40.Minimized the seriousness of the drinking (e.g.‚ ignored it‚ said it was not a problem‚ said the drinker could control it when he/she could not)
41.Minimized the consequences of drinking
42.Concealed his/her drinking from others
43.Cut down on household expenses (e.g.‚ groceries) to provide drinking money for the drinker
44.Given the drinker money for drinking
45.Consumed alcoholic beverages with the drinker
46.Told the drinker it was OK with you that he/she drank
47.Suggested the drinker that he/she have a drink
1 = Always‚ 2 = Frequently‚ 3 = Occasionally‚ 4 = Rarely‚ 5 = Never
Type 1: items 1‚ 2‚ 7‚ 8‚ 9‚ 10‚ 11‚ 14‚ 15‚ 28‚ 29‚ 30‚ 31‚ 32‚ 44‚ 46‚ and 47. The rest of items Type 2
This instrument can be found at: Healthy Marriages Compendium‚ Part 2

Thomas‚ E. J.‚ Yoshioka‚ M. R.‚ & Ager‚ R. D. (1996). Spouse enabling of alcohol abuse: Conception‚ assessment and modification. Journal of Substance Abuse. 8‚ 61-80

Corcoran‚ K.‚ & Fischer‚ J. (2000). Measures for clinical practice: A sourcebook (Vol.1). New York‚ NY: The Free Press

Thomas‚ E. J.‚ Yoshioka‚ M. R.‚ & Ager‚ R. D. (2001). The Spouse Enabling Inventory(SEI). In J. Touliatos‚ B. F. Perlmutter‚ & G. W. Holden (Eds.)‚ Handbook offamily measurement techniques. Volumes 2 & 3 (2nd Ed.). Thousand Oaks‚ CA: Sage.