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Soc Work. 1994 Nov;39(6):677-85.

A critical analysis of the concept of codependency.

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Graduate School of Social Work, Portland, State University, OR 97207.


This article addresses problems associated with conceptualizing interpersonal behaviors as addictions or diseases and pathologizing characteristics associated with women. The failure of the codependency model to focus on the unequal distribution of power and resources and the blurring of responsibility between the actor and audience are also discussed. Individual identity can be lost in the label, and the codependency model encourages separation from rather than connection with the family of origin.

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