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Research Article
Volume 2, Issue 4 (November Issue)

Parent-Child Co-Dependency: co-laziness co-suicidality co-obesity and Other Dependencies: Case Reports and Clinical Management

Anne-Frederique Naviaux1,4*, Pascal Janne2,3 and Maximilien Gourdin2,4

1College of Psychiatrists of Ireland and Health Service Executive (HSE) Summerhill Community Mental Health Service, Summerhill, Wexford, Ireland
2Universite Catholique de Louvain; CHU UCL Namur, Avenue Dr. G. Therasse, Yvoir, Belgium
3Faculty of Psychology, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Place Cardinal Mercier 10, Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
4Faculty of Medicine, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Avenue Emmanuel Mounier 50, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium
 

*Corresponding author: Anne-Frederique Naviaux, College of Psychiatrists of Ireland and Health Service Executive (HSE) Summerhill Community Mental Health Service, Summerhill, Wexford, Ireland, Tel: +353(0)53 9123899; E-mail: annefrederique.naviaux@hse.ie

Received: September 17, 2020; Accepted: September 28, 2020; Published: October 12, 2020

Citation: Anne-Frederique Naviaux, Pascal Janne, Maximilien Gourdin, et al. Parent-Child Co-Dependency’s: co-laziness, co-suicidality, co-obesity and Other Dependencies: Case Reports and Clinical Management. Clin Image Case Rep J. 2020; 2(4): 124.

Abstract

Background: The term “codependency” originates from the realm of addiction. Codependency mechanisms may also appear between parents and children.
Objective: Provide an overview of clinical observations in parent-child codependencies and propose a biopsychosocial model for their clinical management.
Methods: Between February and April 2020, a literature review based on electronic bibliographic databases and grey literature, was conducted regarding family codependencies. We subsequently focused on clinical cases to illustrate some relevant parent-child codependencies.
Results: Parents, children and caregivers are particularly vulnerable to certain forms of co-dependencies; co-laziness, co-obesity, co-phobias and co-suicidality.
Discussion: Codependencies may help coping with destructive situations though frequently correspond to an excessive need for control. The clinical examples are given to help face these situations and de-emphasize the codependency phenomenon.
Conclusion: Ideally, positive connotations should only be granted to relevant behaviours while secondary gains should be minimized in dysfunctional situations. Currently, research is largely limited to adults and comorbidity about codependencies remains poorly understood in children.

Keywords: Co-dependency; Addiction; Parent-child relationship; Co-obesity; Co-suicidality; Co-laziness; Co-phobia