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Kupriyanchuk E. V. Personal characteristics of codependent parents of addictive adolescents. Izvestiya of Saratov University. Philosophy. Psychology. Pedagogy, 2021, vol. 21, iss. 2, pp. 184-189. DOI:

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Personal characteristics of codependent parents of addictive adolescents

The article presents the results of theoretical and empirical studies of the characteristics of the main structural components of the personality of codependent mothers of drug addicts. It is shown that codependency has several components: cognitive, personal, emotional and behavioral. The article presents the results of an empirical study carried out on a sample (n = 58, 29–60 years old, codependent mothers of addictive adolescents) on the basis of the Doverie rehabilitation center in Saratov. Appropriate diagnostic tools were used: a test to determine the level of codependency (B. Winehold and J. Winehold); diagnostics of emotional intelligence (N. Hall); self-attitude test questionnaire (V. V. Stolin, S. R. Panteleev); methodology “Index of life style” (R. Plutchik, G. Kellerman, H. R. Conte); methodology “Tendency to victim behavior” (O. O. Andronnikova). Statistical data processing was carried out through correlation analysis, comparison of two independent samples (Student’s t-test). It has been established that a codependent person, trying to control someone else’s life, completely devoting himself to another person, at the same time does not even realize that he has lost control over his own life, having lost interest in his needs, development, and self-improvement. Correctional work with codependent mothers can help the parent return to his own “I”. The applied aspect of the problem under study can be implemented in the diagnostic, consultative, corrective and educational work of practicing psychologists who deal with the problem of rehabilitation of codependent parents of addictive adolescents.

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