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Open Access Research Article

A Qualitative Approach to Codependence in Men: Effects on Romantic Relationships

David Tolossa1*, Bina Parekh2 and Beatriz Lopez2

1San Bernardino Department of Behavioral Health, San Bernardino, California, USA

2The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Anaheim, California, USA

Corresponding Author

Received Date: May 20, 2021;  Published Date: July 16, 2021


Growing up in an alcoholic home has several deleterious effects on those experiencing the alcoholic environment. These experiences often affect future romantic relationships in the form of codependence. The experience of individuals with codependent traits typically involves low self-esteem, low self-confidence, inappropriately self-sacrificing and enmeshment in a dysfunctional relationship. There is a vast literature base on codependency and female partners. However, there is a lack of research concerning how males are affected by codependency. The purpose of this research study was to identify how males are affected by codependence using a qualitative approach. Results revealed 6 master themes that occurred across transcripts in varying frequencies. Each theme was comprised of 3 subthemes. The six themes were Unrelenting Standard, Maladaptive Coping, Adopting the Role of Protector, Difficulty Communicating one’s Needs, Struggle in Sexual Aspects of Relationships and Difficult Family Upbringing. Thematic analysis revealed that individuals from an alcoholic home experience struggle in romantic relationships due to the influence of their childhood environment.

Keywords:Codependency; Addiction; Alcoholism; Romantic relationships

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