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Is Parentification a Generational Pattern?

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Check out this amazing article from PsychCentral‘s Caregivers Chronicles! Something many siblings can relate to.

Is Parentification a Generational Pattern?

Illustration of a woman sitting and looking away with a hand another person's hand on her shoulder
Illustration by Alyssa Kiefer

“Ignorance isn’t always bliss. Sometimes, you know something’s going on with you but can’t tell what it is. Such is the case with parentification.”

“Parentification occurs when, for different reasons, a child takes on the role of an adult or caregiver.

Parentification can manifest in different ways, and various forms of hurt can further develop from it. It often comes from having to take care of a sibling.

Although it can be a cause of childhood trauma, there could also be benefits to it. For example, becoming highly responsible and being a great caregiver.

But often, parentification may cause you to have difficulty allowing yourself to have some fun on a regular basis or make you fall into the caregiver role too easily.”

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