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 6: Object Relations Therapy for Individuals with Narcissistic and Masochistic Parentification Styles
Object Relations Therapy for Individuals with Narcissistic and Masochistic Parentification Styles
Although the psychology and family therapy literatures on parentification (i.e., the rigidified reversal of parent and child roles) concur that this construct is exceedingly useful in informing clinical practice, most publications have focused on the conceptualization and treatment of parentified children. Less has been written about the effects of childhood parentification on adult personality and accompanying treatment issues. In this chapter, we hope to expand the conceptual understanding of the effects of childhood parentification on adults and offer an individualized, interactive object relations approach (Glickauf-Hughes & Wells, 1995, in press) to the treatment of two distinctive parentified personality styles (i.e., masochistic and narcissistic) previously ...