Adolescent-to-Parent Abuse

Current Understandings in Research, Policy and Practice

Amanda Holt

Adolescent-to-Parent Abuse

Amanda Holt

Distributed for Bristol University Press

190 pages | 2 figures, 9 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2013
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781447300557 Published February 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781447300564 Published February 2013 For sale in North and South America only
This is the first academic book to focus on adolescent-to-parent abuse. It discusses what we know about parents’ experiences of this type of abuse and critically examines how it has been explained from psychological, sociological, and sociocultural perspectives. It also outlines how policy makers and practitioners can usefully respond to the problem. Written in an accessible style, Adolescent-to-Parent Abuse is an essential tool for academics, policy makers, and professionals with an interest in domestic violence and child protection.
List of figures, tables and boxes
Introduction: the problem of adolescent-to-parent abuse

1. Abuse in families: commonalities, connections and contexts
2. Experiences of parent abuse
3. Explaining parent abuse
4. Parents, children and power relations
5. Frontline service responses to parent abuse
6. Working with parent abuse
7. Adolescent-to-parent abuse: future directions for research, policy and practice

Resources for Practitioners, Researchers, and Parents
Appendix: Adolescent-to-parent abuse: initial assessment
Review Quotes
British Journal of Social Work

"Holt has delivered a thought-provoking and well-structured summary of the largely uncharted territory of adolescent-to-parent abuse."

John Coleman, University of Oxford

"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."

Peter Squires, University of Brighton

“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.”

Social Work and Education Review
“hugely informative and balanced . . . offers educators a range of options for integrating the topic.”
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