parent figure


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parent figure

[′per·ənt ‚fig·yər]
(psychology)
A person who represents essential but not necessarily ideal attributes of a father or mother and who is the object of the attitudes and responses of an individual in a parent-child relationship.
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Grounded in Oedipal instincts, the rescue fantasy derives from the infant's attachment to the mother, often exacerbated by her early loss, and a consequent desire to save a helpless parent figure, transmuted into the rescue of oneself projected onto another.
Time was when the dominant parent figure was the dad.
In and out of foster homes in Southern California, USA, 13 year old Denise craved the love and support of a parent figure.
This category includes those who have no biological connection to the child, but who act in the mode of parent, fulfilling the child's psychological need for a parent figure.
However, respondents can do side-to-side comparisons of each parent; which could increase the likelihood of having same responses, or result in more distinction between each parent figure.
What's inside that crate marks the end of popper's selfish saleman's existence, and the beginning of his new life as caretaker, landlord and parent figure to six penguins who turn his swanky apartment into a snowy winter wonderland and the rest of his life upside-down for the better.
After this warning, I began to see Regina more as a parent figure with whom I might disagree or laugh at or be outraged by, but I knew she had, like a parent, my best interests at heart.
Coresidence was measured as a four-category variable--residing in the same household with both parents or parent figures, with mother or mother figure only, with father or father figure only, or with no parents or parent figures--and indicated the physical presence of a significant parent figure in the life of an unmarried adolescent.
This seems to reflect the importance of the parent figure in sex-role identification.
They all adored him and looked up to him so much, he was like a parent figure in their lives," she said.
They don't seem to treat her as a parent figure," Lamberton said.
Sometimes the uber dependent young professional becomes the parent figure and we have to toe the line.
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