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Impossible choices face adult children of estranged, abusive, and aging parents

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In a thought-provoking article, writer Emily Yoffe asks, "When terrible, abusive parents come crawling back, what do their grown children owe them?"

Psychologists are torn on the matter -- not just because each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way -- rather because scant research has been done on the subject despite the pervasiveness of child abuse and abusers.

If you have faced this issue in your family, how did you make your decision? Is there any way to know in advance whether it will cause more harm than good?


Janice Kinter, Licensed family and marriage therapist based in West LA