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Burdened Children

Burdened Children
Theory, Research, and Treatment of Parentification

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April 1999 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Editor Nancy Chase defines parentified children as parents to their parents—those are the children who are compelled to fulfill the role of parent at the expense of their own developmentally appropriate needs and pursuits. With uncanny sensibilities, these children are attuned to their parents' moods, wishes, vulnerabilities, and nuances. This volume is a comprehensive study of parentification in the family, covering both theoretical as well as clinical topics. Contributors have written chapters that are grouped into two sections: theory and research, and clinical and broader contextual perspectives. Part One of this book covers research related to parentification and gender, work addiction, families with a disabled or chronically ill child, and assessment for clinical or research practices. The chapters having a stronger clinical or contextual emphasis address varied interventions and theoretical orientations and posit parentification in cultural and ethnic contexts. Students, academics, and professionals in areas of family studies, social work, child abuse, developmental psychology, school psychology, and family therapy will find Burdened Children an excellent resource on this phenomenon.

Nancy D Chase
An Overview of Theory, Research and Societal Issues

Deborah Jacobvitz, Shelley Riggs and Elizabeth Johnson
Cross-Sex and Same-Sex Family Alliances
Immediate and Long-Term Effects on Sons and Daughters

Bryan E Robinson
Workaholic Children
One Method of Fulfilling the Parentification Role

Suzanne Lamorey
Parentification of Siblings of Children with Disability or Chronic Disease
Gregory J Jurkovic, Richard Morrell and Alison Thirkield
Assessing Childhood Parentification
Guidelines for Researchers and Clinicians

Marolyn Wells and Rebecca Jones
Object Relations Therapy of Individuals with Narcissistic and Masochistic Parentification Styles
Helen W Coale
Therapeutic Rituals and Rites of Passage
Helping Parentified Children and Their Families

Bruce Lackie
Trauma, Invisibility and Loss
Multiple Metaphors of Parentification

Louis P Anderson
Parentification in the Context of the African American Family
Paula M Reeves
The Archetype of the Parentified Child
A Psychosomatic Presence


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