Year: 1970 Source: Adolescence, v.9, no.35, (1970), p.365-370 SIEC No: 19831811

The interchanging of traditional role behaviours between parent & child is most obvious during the child’s adolescence. This can result from parents’ unresolved dependence needs, & can produce anxiety, pain, frustration & hostility in the child. Suicidal behaviour can result but is seldom serious; it may be the first sign of the child’s discomfort. 3 examples are briefly described & recommendations for dealing with such a role reversal are given. (1 ref.) (RM)