Codependency, Loss Of Self, And Power

@article{Cowan1995CodependencyLO,
  title={Codependency, Loss Of Self, And Power},
  author={Gloria Cowan and Mimi Bommersbach and Sheri R. Curtis},
  journal={Psychology of Women Quarterly},
  year={1995},
  volume={19},
  pages={221 - 236}
}
The feminist critique that codependency and loss of self are related to power was tested in a sample of 122 college women and men in committed relationships. Participants completed two codependency measures, a loss of self scale, and three indices of power: perceived power, use of specific influence strategies, and decision making. Among both women and men, codependency and loss of self were positively related to the use of indirect strategies and negatively related to perceived power, and loss… 

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