a mother-youth or father-youth union characterized by an absence of parental spontaneity, severe indecisiveness, and an incapacity to recognize and fulfill the youth's needs. Such primary unions might result in psychological troubles during childhood and have ongoing consequences during development.

PARENTAL PERPLEXITY: "The parental perplexity Sharon's mother exhibited was likely the root cause of her own insecurities and lack of independence."
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