As parents and children both get older, it’s inevitable that your relationship dynamics will change. In a healthy familial relationship, there is space to talk about these changes openly, and renegotiate boundaries. When the relationship is not so healthy, these changing dynamics may likely bring about conflict. Sometimes this shift can be a “turning point” into a power and control dynamic; parental abuse is when a child engages in behavior that is abusive, whether that be emotionally, physically, mentally, or financially towards a parent or guardian. Join Nouchee and Marissa to learn more about parental and elder abuse, and how to stay safe from an abusive child.
Additional Readings on Parental and Elder Abuse
- “When Teens Abuse Parents, Shame and Secrecy Make It Hard to Seek Help,” NPR
- National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
- “What Is Elder Abuse?” Administration for Community Living
- “Parental Abuse: What to Do When Your Child or Teen Hits You,” Empowering Parents
- “Get Help,” National Adult Protective Services Association