Testing a model of codependency for college students in Taiwan based on Bowen's concept of differentiation

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to test a model of codependency based on Bowen's concept of differentiation for college students in Taiwan. The relations between family-of-origin dysfunction, differentiation of self, codependency traits and related symptoms including low self-esteem, relationship distress and psychological adjustment problems were examined. Data were collected from 567 college students from 2 large, urban universities in northern Taiwan. Results indicated a significantly negative relationship between levels of codependency and self-differentiation and that self-differentiation partially mediated the relationship between family-of-origin dysfunction and codependency. The implications of these findings for counselling Taiwanese college students who experience codependency traits and related symptoms as well as suggestions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-116
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Psychology
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr

Keywords

  • Bowen family systems theory
  • Codependency
  • Differentiation of self
  • Taiwanese college students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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