While much has been written about the problematic behaviour of young people and their families, there has been silence on the problem of young people behaving abusively towards their parents, which may take the form of physical, economic and/or emotional abuse. This is the first academic book to focus on adolescent-to-parent abuse and brings together international research and practice literature and combines it with original research to identify and critique current understandings in research, policy and practice. It discusses what we know about parents' experiences of adolescent-to-parent abuse and critically examines how it has been explained from psychological, sociological and sociocultural perspectives. It also outlines how policymakers and practitioners can usefully respond to the problem.
This unique book adopts a range of theoretical and practice perspectives. Written in an accessible style, it is an essential tool for academics, policymakers and professionals with an interest in domestic violence, child protection and youth offending.
"The abuse of parents by young people has until recently been a hidden topic. This book breaks new ground by describing the extent of the problem, and by providing a thoughtful review of the research, policy and practice in this area. The book includes resources for professionals as well as for parents themselves. I recommend this book as an outstanding text for all interested in families and in family dysfunction.". Dr John Coleman, Department of Education, University of Oxford
“Amanda Holt has produced a compelling and pioneering study of an issue that is often overlooked. She shows how parent abuse can be better understood and, by situating its dynamic of intimate violence within a wider social and cultural context, she shows why it must be addressed more effectively.” Professor Peter Squires, University of Brighton
Dr. Amanda Holt is Senior Lecturer in Criminological Psychology at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth. She has published widely in the fields of parenting, youth justice and families and employs a multi-disciplinary approach to her research and analysis.
Introduction; Abuse in families: commonalities, connections and contexts; Experiencing parent abuse; Explaining parent abuse; Parent abuse and power; Frontline services responses to parent abuse in England and Wales; Working with parent abuse: developments in group and family interventions; Discussion and conclusions.