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Family and Family Therapy
2016 Volume.24 No. 3 p.315 ~ p.338
On Being a Parentified Child: A Collaborative Autoethnography
Nam Su-Kyeong

Kim Myeong-Chan
Abstract
Objectives: This study details the personal experience the first author as a parentified child as she looked after her parents. The aim was to provide an in-depth, internal exploration of the process and psychological experience of child parentification.

Methods: The researchers used Collaborative Autoethnographyto record, interpret, and define the personal experiences of the first author. Object Relations Theory and Boszormenyi-Nagy’s concept of Parentified Children provided a theoretical foundation for the analysis.

Results: Two kinds of parentification-active and passive-were distinguished. The study found that when the parentified child got married, the attempt to keep her marriage and raise her children was an unconscious effort to restore her lost self. The parentified child attempted to control the pain and deep shame she felt as a result of feeling unloved by her parents. Becoming a parentified child was an adaptive strategy for survival, providing protection in a difficult nurturing environment.

Conclusions: The study offers basic information on how to support parentified children and suggests a means of therapeutic intervention for families.
KEYWORD
parentified children, Object Relations, collaborative autoethnography
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