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Difficult, mothering challenging adult children through conflict and commitment, Judith R. Smith

Difficult presents detailed stories of how women balance their desire to protect their challenging adult children alongside feelings of resentment, helplessness, isolation, shame, and fear for their children's future and their own safety
Table Of Contents
Intro -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Author's Note -- Part I THROUGH A MOTHER'S EYES -- Chapter One What Is a Difficult Adult Child? -- Chapter Two Once a Mother, Always a Mother? -- Chapter Three Give Me Shelter -- Chapter Four Guilt, Shame, and Mother-Blame -- Chapter Five Torn in Two -- Chapter Six Mental Illness in the Family -- Chapter Seven Who Cares for the Mentally Ill? -- Chapter Eight Substance Abuse in the Family -- Chapter Nine Chronic Sorrow -- Chapter Ten Violence in the Family -- Chapter Eleven The Pain of the Past -- Part II SMALL STEPS -- Chapter Twelve Stages of Change -- Chapter Thirteen Seeing and Not Seeing -- Chapter Fourteen Readiness -- Part III HELPING YOURSELF -- Chapter Fifteen Social Support -- Chapter Sixteen Self-Care -- Chapter Seventeen Staying Safe -- Chapter Eighteen Helping Your Adult Child -- Chapter Nineteen What Comes Next? -- Appendix A Resources for Mothers and Adult Children -- Appendix B Research Methodology -- Appendix C The Mothers -- Notes -- References -- Index -- About the Author
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (281 pages)
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