An-Najah University Journal for Research - B (Humanities)


This study aimed at exploringthe differences inparentification betweenadolescents of divorced andnon-divorced parents,and the differences between the parentified and the non-parentified adolescentsin relation to a number of psychological symptoms,and to investigate the predictability ofa number ofdemographic variablesinthe development ofparentification. The sample consisted of 200 adolescents selectedfromthe South Triangle area in Palestine.To achieve the study objectives,an adapted form ofParentification Questionnaire-PQ(Sessionsand Jurkovic, 1986) and the Brief Symptom Inventory-BSI (Leonard R. Derogatis, 1992)were adopted.Results of(t-test)revealed significant differences in parentification levels between theadolescents of divorced and non-divorced parents; the mean of the scores on the PQ of the former groupwassignificantly higherthan that of the latter. Significant differences were also found between the parentified group and the non-parentifird group in thedifferent dimensions of the BSI. Logistic regression revealed that the economic statusand the academic level ofthe parents and the adolescent’s ageexplained 34.9%of the variance in the distribution oftheparentification variable.Whereas, the value of the explained variance inparentificationin relation to the adolescence’gender or birth order were not significant.