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ERIC Number: EJ838092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-8756-8225
Codependency's Relationship to Defining Characteristics in College Students
Wells, Marolyn C.; Hill, Michele B.; Brack, Gregory; Brack, Catherine J.; Firestone, Elizabeth E.
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, v20 n4 p71-84 Jun 2006
Evidence garnered by this study may help provide college counselors with a clinically useful model of codependency, informing their assessment and treatment planning of students who present with self-identified codependency characteristics. Specifically, codependence inclined students may exhibit tendencies toward self-defeating and covert patterns of narcissistic relating (e.g., rejection sensitivity, attachments to painful relationships, shame-proneness, caretaking to earn relationship). Additionally, this study raises the possibility that codependency might be as closely related to fears of intimacy and being hurt in relationship as it is related to a preoccupied concern over maintaining or controlling a security relationship. These results, together with the negative relationship between codependency and overt narcissism, lend preliminary support for Cermak's conceptualization of codependency as a complement to narcissism. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A