Capstone/Dissertation Title

Who is the parent?: helping parentified children in the classroom

Term

2006

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This research and following paper results from a Masters Class assignment. Two classmates and I found the word Parentification in our research regarding disenfranchised students. The purpose of this study is to determine parentification, establish a potential profile of parentified students, and to provide information for educators to help these students in the classroom. Parentification is the role reversal of parent and child. My review of the literature concluded that all children are parentified in some manner. The degree to which the parentification occurs ranges from reasonable chores to destructive means. My results showed that there are no strategies to help teachers with parentified students. After reviewing the literature and the information acquired through interviews, I created six categories of potential strategies for educators to use with parentified students in the classroom.

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