Parentification is the process of role reversal whereby a child is obliged to act as parent to their own parent. In extreme cases, the child is used to fill the void of the alienating parent`s emotional life. Two distinct modes of parentification have been identified technically: instrumental parentification and emotional parentification. Instrum....
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(pah-ren″tĭ-fĭ-ka´shun) the assumption of a parentlike (or adult) role by a child.
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