Parentification: Counselling talk on a helpline for children and young people

Danby, Susan J., Cromdal, Jakob, Rendle-Short, Johanna, Butler, Carly W., Osvaldsson, Karin, & Emmison, Michael (2015) Parentification: Counselling talk on a helpline for children and young people. In O'Reilly, Michelle & Lester, Jessica Nina (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Child Mental Health. Palgrave MacMillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire New York, NY, pp. 578-596.

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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 tem 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 counselors can communicate effectively with children and young people.

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ID Code: 81838
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: helpline, parentification, children, young people, counselling, counsellor, family, mental health, conversation analysis, ethnomethodology
ISBN: 9781137428318
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Counselling (130305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LINGUISTICS (200400) > Discourse and Pragmatics (200403)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Palgrave MacMillan
Deposited On: 16 Feb 2015 22:45
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2016 04:36

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