Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Parentification and resiliency in the family unit and understanding a sense of self
by Behoteguy, Jennifer, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 73; 1466086
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project was to explore the issues of parentified children and the impact on their social and psychological well-being through a narrative format. Literature surrounding family dysfunction, neglect, attachment, parentification, coping, and resiliency were reviewed. Relevance of narratives in the field of academia and the link to social work practice were also explored. The narrative depicts the life of a parentified child that was neglected in the family unit because of her ability to be responsible while maintaining a persona of independence. The author anticipates that her vulnerability and authenticity displayed in the narrative will serve as a guideline to future social workers in their development of their professional identity. The author desires that her story will help social workers better understand the need for a full and complete family assessment to ensure the resilient child's needs will be attended to.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lopez, Rebecca A.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Developmental psychology
Publication Number: 1466086
ISBN: 978-1-109-16356-8
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