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 5: Assessing Childhood Parentification: Guidelines for Researchers and Clinicians
Assessing Childhood Parentification: Guidelines for Researchers and Clinicians
David, an 11-year-old who lives with his mother and two younger sisters, has long been his mother's primary source of emotional support and companionship. Since his parents’ divorce, he has also assumed increased responsibility for the care of his siblings and for the management of the household. Although David's role is critical and often burdensome (e.g., interfering with his ability to complete homework and to engage in extracurricular activities), his contributions and needs are rarely acknowledged by his family. Interestingly, he is showing signs of relating to peers like family members; that is, he is overly concerned about their problems and frequently takes great pains to help them.
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