"We still don't do Christmas...": Victims of Adolescent-to-Parent Abuse and Their Experiences of Disenfranchised Grief

Date Tuesday, March 20, 2018
11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
FeaturingDr. Nancy Brule, Professor of Communication Studies
Location University Library Fireside Lounge - View maps and directions
SponsorsFaculty Development and Friends of the BU Library

Event Description

Dr. Nancy Brule, Professor of Communication Studies, explores adolescent-to-parent abuse, focusing on the lasting grief that many abused parents experience over the loss of a "normal" family experience while raising their abusive teens. Many of these parents describe long-lasting feelings of sadness that they are unable to "put their finger on" but that impact them for many years, even after the abuse has stopped. Because of the stigma of being a parent abused by their adolescent (therefore a "bad" parent), they are not able to come to terms with the guilt they feel for not being able to stop the abuse or its negative impact on their family as a whole.


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