The Effect of maternal parentification history, maternal attachment styles, socioeconomic status and children’s self-construals on parentification roles and perceived parental caregiving

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Citation Formats
A. B. Karagöbek, “The Effect of maternal parentification history, maternal attachment styles, socioeconomic status and children’s self-construals on parentification roles and perceived parental caregiving,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.