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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Only child-Psychology, Adult children-Psychology, Parenting-Psychological aspects, Parent and child, Codependency, Triangulation


This study sought to explore whether there is a relationship between only children and codependence as predicted by parenting style in family-of-origin. While past literature looks at codependency and perceived parenting styles, none focus specifically upon the experience of only-children who are thought to be more influenced by family-of-origin dynamics. Therefore, this study also intended to explore whether this relationship was significant enough to invite future research and investigation. Two fixed online questionnaires were completed by 51 participants who met inclusion criteria for being older than 21-years-of-age and an only child as defined by not having grown up with any biological, adopted, or step-siblings and were included in the study.




v, 53 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2009. Includes bibliographical references (p. 32-34)