parent figure

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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"Risk for adverse adult outcomes increased further with each additional incarcerated parent figure," added Copeland.
'Learners' psychological makeup at an early stage is such that they need to identify with one teacher throughout the year, whom they consider as a parent figure' he said
However, an opposition as friendly and mild in conduct as the one played by PML-N chief Shehbaz Sharif is still better than the one with no 'parent figure' or leader at all.
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.
"In and out of foster homes in Southern California, USA, 13 year old Denise craved the love and support of a parent figure. She found that in an older boyfriend she met in her neighborhood.
Unrest covers many other issues: young love; dealing with death or separation from a parent figure; sexual morality--what is acceptable, what is sleazy and what is unkind and the process of maturing and learning to understand other people's points of view.
(16.) 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. See id, at 144-151.
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.
The index of parental monitoring was based on an adolescent's perception of parent or parent figure knowledge on three different questions: where the adolescent goes at night, what the adolescent does with his or her free time, and who the adolescent's friends are.
This seems to reflect the importance of the parent figure in sex-role identification.
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