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Proces parentyfikacji w kontekście teorii systemowej
The Process of Parentification in the context of Family Systems Theory

Author(s): Teresa Rostkowska, Judyta Borchet
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Psychology, Individual Psychology, Social psychology and group interaction, Developmental Psychology, Personality Psychology, Psychology of Self, Clinical psychology
Published by: Towarzystwo Naukowe KUL & Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II
Keywords: family roles; parentification; emotional parentification; instrumental parentification; destructive parentification; constructive parentification

Summary/Abstract: This review article draws attention to the characteristics and conditions of family roles, the characteristics of the dysfunctional process of reversing roles between family members (parentification), the classifications of parentification as well as positive and negative consequences of experiencing the role reversal between parents and a child. In polish psychological and pedagogical literature there is lack of research on parentification. Exploring this phenomenon is very significant not only because of the fact that parentified children are overwhelmed with responsibilities, but also because of the roles and developmental tasks that are adequate to child’s age (i.e., school education, socialization, establishing relationships with peers, building friendships) that cannot be performed due to being overcharged with the duties imposed by the parents. Therefore, having thorough knowledge of parentification and the ability to distinguish it from the similar phenomena enables teachers, educators, psychologists, therapists and social workers matching more accurate interventions to the needs of the child and its family.

  • Issue Year: 8/2016
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 5-21
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish