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THE IMPACT OF PARENTAL CODEPENDENCY ON CHILDREN WITH MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS Angelus T.W. Dupree B.A. Augusta State University, Georgia, 2005 PROJECT Submitted in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK at CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SACRAMENTO SPRING 2010
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THE IMPACT OF PARENTAL CODEPENDENCY ON CHILDREN WITH MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS A Project by Angelus T.W. Dupree Approved by: ______________________________, Committee Chair David G. Demetral, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. __________________________ Date ii
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Student: Angelus Dupree I certify that this student has met the requirements for format contained in the University format manual, and that this project is suitable for shelving in the Library and credit is to be awarded for the Project. _____________________________, Graduate Coordinator ___________________ Teiahsha Bankhead, Ph.D., M.S.W. Date Division of Social Work iii
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Abstract of THE IMPACT OF PARENTAL CODEPENDENCY ON CHILDREN WITH MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS by Angelus Dupree The purpose of this research project is to explore the prevalence of codependency among parents with children that suffer from mental health issues. Children with mental health conditions can be uniquely challenged by the behavioral tendencies of their caregivers. There is a lack of current literature on the correlations between parental codependency and children suffering from mental health conditions. This research project consists of the background of the problem, and investigation of the theoretical framework, a review of the relevant research, an analysis of the data, research findings, and implications for future research. To explore whether there was a significantly high level of codependence among parents of children referred for outpatient mental health treatment, a sample of (N= 30) parents of children referred to the Sutter Counseling Center in Sacramento, CA, was given the Spann-Fischer Codependency Inventory to assess for high levels codependency. Results showed higher mean levels of codependency among the sampled population of parents. Specific inventory responses also reveal that codependency among the parents is a way of viewing one’s self which is supported by relevant literature. The iv
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research provides future caregivers and researchers a way of looking at codependency and a foundation for future studies. ______________________________, Committee Chair David G. Demetral, PH.D., L.C.S.W. __________________________ Date v
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS To begin I would like to thank God for being the motivation and inspiration behind every single one of my life accomplishments. You are my life, my hope, and my salvation. I also want to extend a special thank you to my wife Darline Dupree. Your belief in me, support, and encouragement throughout this project has been unmatched and I am forever grateful. I also want to acknowledge both my children Deangelo and Imani Dupree. My efforts to complete this work were for you both and for the legacy that I am believing that you both will continue in. I am deeply grateful to my mother Pam Sanders and grandmother Johnnie Thomas for the undying faith and acceptance given to me throughout my life and through this latest educational endeavor. I am also grateful to my
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