This volume is a comprehensive study of parentification in the family—children who fulfill the role of parents to their own parents or to their siblings, almost always at the expense of their own development. The book is divided into two sections: theory and research and contextual perspectives.
Chapter 1: Parentification: An Overview of Theory, Research, and Societal Issues
Parentification: An Overview of Theory, Research, and Societal Issues
Parentification as a topic of scholarly investigation presents some special challenges in determining scope that, at the outset of this overview, are important to specify. These challenges are themselves factors offering insight into the concept of parentification and its workings in parent-child relations, in families, and in communities and societies across generations.
References to generational boundary transgression appear in a very wide range of clinical descriptions and empirical studies. Parentification, the parental child, role reversal, and generational boundary dissolution are concepts directly mentioned or implicated in literature on children of alcoholics and familial alcoholism, co-dependency, sexual abuse, single-parent families, the impact of parental death or mental illness on ...