Parental Voices: “Adjustment Reactions to Children’s Adult Life”

Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)


A clinical case analysis of Ben appearing in the March/April 2005 edition of the Psychotherapy Networker provides a window to one of the many quandaries parents of emerging adults face as they attempt to adapt to a new set of realities. Ben, a recent college graduate, feels depressed and embarrassed about moving home. He is worried about being “a failure.” He has held no job to date, has college loans to repay, and needs his parents to bail him out of credit-card debt. Ben and his parents are seeking family therapy to help with existing tensions at home.


Young Adult Social Capital Young Adulthood Adult Child Developmental Marker 
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