Universal Journal of Psychology Vol. 1(3), pp. 145 - 151
DOI: 10.13189/ujp.2013.010307
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The Effects of Economic Crisis on the Phenomenon of Parentification


Eleni Jelastopulu, Konstantina Anna Tzoumerka*
University of Patras, Medical School, University Campus, 26500 Rio Patras, Greece

ABSTRACT

“Parentification” is the reversion of the roles between parents and children. Children undertake roles either emotionally or practically that are not appropriate for their age but for an adult [1,2]. Thus, children become parentified. The aim of this study is to examine: a) the impact of the economic crisis on adults who have experienced the phenomenon of' “parentificaton” and b) if experiencing a traumatic event such as economic crisis, the person who had been called to take the role of a parent during their childhood and now has to undertake the same role as an adult, will be able to endure this weight again without being subject to psychological disorders. Three men and three women from Cyprus and Greece, between 23 and 26 years of age participated in a qualitative research with semi-structured interviews, which were analyzed by the method of thematic analysis. The results suggest the impact of economic crisis on parentified adults within specific themes. The identified themes were: Lost Identity, Conflict, Escapism and Depression. Even though the number of participants is small to allow generalization, the results suggest that this research be used as an incentive to encourage mental health professionals to evaluate the impact of the economic crisis on adult clients, with regard to the phenomenon of “parentification”.

KEYWORDS
Economic Crisis, Parentification, Psychological Disorders, Divorce, Depression

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Eleni Jelastopulu , Konstantina Anna Tzoumerka , "The Effects of Economic Crisis on the Phenomenon of Parentification," Universal Journal of Psychology, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 145 - 151, 2013. DOI: 10.13189/ujp.2013.010307.

(b). APA Format:
Eleni Jelastopulu , Konstantina Anna Tzoumerka (2013). The Effects of Economic Crisis on the Phenomenon of Parentification. Universal Journal of Psychology, 1(3), 145 - 151. DOI: 10.13189/ujp.2013.010307.