Drew Danielson andrew.danielson at CMU.EDU
Fri May 10 13:44:36 UTC 2002

I have never heard it 'outside these worlds', tho there are people who
dwell in these worlds who use the term in a psuedo-technical sense in
non-technical conversation (I am exposed to 'developmental-speak'ers
more than I care to admit...)

according to a coupla easily google-accessed sources, the term was
coined in 1973 by Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy (a copy-and-paste name if I have
ever seen one :)
The concept of parentification was first described by Boszormenyi-Nagy
and colleagues in both psychotic families and families in general (e.g.
Boszormenyi-Nagy & Spark, 1973)...

Kim & Rima McKinzey wrote:
> I just typed up a psych report wherein was used the term
> "parentified."  I'd never heard it and asked my husband if he'd made
> it up.  He said no, that it was in common use, along with
> parentification, in psychological/social work circles.  Have any of
> you heard it outside of these worlds?
> Rima

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