Research Findings: Model of personhood - Codependency
This was exploration of the experience of codependency through Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA).
Several themes emerged from the study, in summary the results of the study demonstrated:
- The meaning that individuals attribute to the experience and label codependency. Theme: “Codependency as a useful label”
- Codependency was involved in shaping these individuals’ sense of identity.
Theme: “The chameleon self”.
- Codependency affected these individuals, their everyday activities, emotional and occupational lives.
Theme: “Seesawing through life”.
- The underlying childhood experiences which have encouraged these individuals to identify with the label codependency.
Theme: “The family box!”