Aug 12 / Simcha

Must We Forgive Abusive Parents? (E. Yoffe)

Illustration: Charlie Powell, The Slate
Illustration:  Charlie Powell,
The Slate, 2.18.13

The relationship of adult children to their abusive parents gets little attention in the psychiatric literature.  In an article in The Slate (The Debt, 2.18.13), columnist Emily Yoffe asks what grown children owe terrible, abusive parents when the latter come crawling back, often elderly, feeble and needy; she offers her take on forgiveness.  The following is a selection from her longer article.

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