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parentified, parentalized or parental child

Subject Psychology

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631170488.1995.x


This is a role assumed by a hyper-responsible child to whom has been ceded the power and authority which ought more normally to belong to the parents. When, within a family, there is one or more parentified children, this usually indicates that there is a hyperflexible or inadequate generation boundary within the family system. Such a parentification is accompanied by a corresponding infantilization of the parents. One of the objectives of therapy will be to help to mark out these boundaries once again (Boszormenyi-Nagy and Spark, 1973; Minuchin, 1974). (See also ancestral relation; family catastrophes; identification; parentification .) p.s. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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