The Impact of Childhood Parentification and the Impact on Adult Intimate Relationships. A Scoping Review.
Mathias, Indigo Rose
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The dissertation analyses the topic area of the childhood impacts of parentification on adult intimate relationships. This is done through a scoping review methodology, the researcher utilised the Arksey and O’Malley framework (2005), where the researcher examined two main psychological databases; PsycINFO via OVID and MEDLINE via PubMed, the University journal database and the university library. The results show an initial 137 sources relating to parentification and relationships, this was reduced to 12 sources. The 12 sources included 7 quantitative studies, 4 qualitative studies and one book that included case analysis. The quantitative studies used surveys and questionnaires as interventions and the qualitative study and book used couples and family therapy as an intervention. The researcher clearly saw the incorporation of both the construct of parentification and its relation to adult intimate relationships. The researcher thematically analysed the 12 sources and produced four themes; • Relationships as a challenge – feelings of dissatisfaction • Re-enactment of childhood relationships • Development of insecure attachment style – taken into adulthood • Transgenerational repetition of parentification