Examining Codependency In A College Population

Cretser, Gary A.; Lombardo, William K.
December 1999
College Student Journal;Dec99, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p629
Academic Journal
This paper examines the occurrence of codependency in a college-age population. The association between various measures of codependency is investigated in a sample of 165 college students. Almost 50% of our university subjects were familiar with the term codependency. Most of the respondents were categorized as being at the "High Middle" level of codependency. There was no significant difference in the level of codependency between age and ethnic groups. Contrary to expectations, a higher proportion of males was classified in the two highest categories of codependency. A small correlation was found between scores on the Codependency Self-Inventory Scale and codependency measured by the characteristics of the students' significant relationships. The implications for counseling college students are considered.


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