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Title: Parentification: counselling talk on a helpline for children and young people
Authors: Danby, Susan
Cromdal, Jakob
Rendle-Short, Johanna
Butler, Carly W.
Osvaldsson, Karin
Emmison, Michael
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © Palgrave Macmillan
Citation: DANBY, S. ... et al., 2015. Parentification: counselling talk on a helpline for children and young people. IN: O'Reilly, M. and Lester, J.N. (eds.) Palgrave Handbook of Child Mental Health. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.578-596.
Abstract: This chapter investigates counselling interactions where young clients talk about their experiences of taking on family responsibilities normatively associated with parental roles. In research counselling literature, practices where relationships in families operate so that there is a reversal of roles, with children managing the households and caring for parents and siblings, is described as parentification. Parentification is used in the counselling literature as a clinician/researcher term, which we ‘respecify’ (Garfinkel, 1991) the term by beginning with an investigation of young clients’ own accounts of being an adult or parent and how counsellors orient to these accounts. As well as providing understandings of how young people propose accounts of their experiences of adult-child role reversal, the chapter contributes to understanding how children and young people use the resources of counselling helplines, and how counsellors can communicate effectively with children and young people.
Description: This is a chapter from the book Palgrave Handbook of Child Mental Health. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137428301
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17940
Publisher Link: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137428301
ISBN: 9781137428301
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