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The Concept of Codependency
An overview of the concept of codependency.
# 152577 | 2,684 words | 9 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Mar 21, 2013 in Psychology (Disorders)

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The paper defines codependency and looks at its symptoms and behaviors in women, men and adolescents. The paper looks at the self-perception of women with alcoholic partners and considers the causes behind this form of relationship as well as its link to conduct disorder and personality disorder. The paper also discusses the link between attachment styles and codependency, and concludes that despite the controversies that surround this tool in analysis of human behavior, codependency analysis can be effectively used to treat psychological and drug abuse cases.

Definition of Codependency
Recognition of Codependency
Victims of Codependency
Attachment Styles and Codependency
Addressing Codependency
Critical Analysis of the Concept of Codependency

From the Paper:

"Codependency is an integral tool in the analysis of human behavioral patterns and personality disorders. Personality disorder is a descriptive phenomenon in codependent relationships. Psychologists have observed that it manifests with the same or similar symptoms. The symptoms that manifest while diagnosing codependent relationship totally reflect on personality behavior including mood disorders, panic disorders, borderline and avoidant personality disorder, and agoraphobia.
"However, the applicability of codependence is marred by controversies. Imprecise statements have been made about its applicability in the field of psychology. Victims of codependency have been noted to exhibit almost the same kind of behavioral tendencies and their characters stem from almost the same characters like low self esteem or lack of self worth.
"In systematic relationships, codependence is not only limited to families with addicted individuals but also to normal family units. Codependence is a normal human attribute and it is perfectly logical for all humans to be primarily interdependent on family units. Family pressures might also influence codependence because every person in the family is not immune to other pressures that may dictate the level of codependence."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, S. (1994). A Critical Analysis of the Concept of Codependency. Social Work, 39(6), 677-685.
  • Cullen, J., & Carr, A. (1999). Codependency: An Empirical Study from a SystemicPerspective. Contemporary Family Therapy, 21(4), 505.
  • Fuller, J., & Warner, R. (2000). Family Stressors as Predictors of Codependency. Genetic, Social & General Psychology Monographs, 126(1), 5.
  • Gibson, J., & Donigian, J. (1993). Use of Bowen Theory. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, 14(1), 25.
  • Gorski, T. (1992). Diagnosing Codependence. Addiction & Recovery, 12(7), 14.

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