“Difficult, mothering challenging adult children through Conflict and Change”. is a new publication by Judith Smith just released by Roman and Littlefield.

Judith R. Smith, PhD, LCSW, is a senior clinical social worker, therapist, researcher, and professor at Fordham University.   She is a leader in gerontological research focusing on women’s experiences as they age.  She is a Fellow at the Gerontological Society of America and a Faculty Scholar at Fordham’s Ravazzin Center on Aging and Intergenerational Studies.

So many mothers have to manage through enormous challenges including, regular violence, from adult children with either mental health problems, substance abuse, profound learning disabilities or other chronic conditions. She offers real stories as learned experiences, shining a light on the shame, embarrassment and fear that pervades so many families.This is a book for all whether carers, or cared for and advocates structural change in what amounts to one of the most hidden challenges to our communities.. Judith takles these issues and looks for ways to improve social policy and treatment as well as basic awareness raising of the scale of the need.

Difficult is for parents, concerned family and friends, health and mental health professionals, and policy makers. The book provides resources for women to find social support, stay safe, and engage in self-care.

Difficult: Mothering Challenging Adult Children through Conflict and Change  Rowman & Littlefield 

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