When Good Parents Have Bad Children
By TARA PARKER-POPE
July 12, 2010 - NY Times
Parents often get blamed when their children go astray — whether it’s an ill-behaved toddler or an adult rehashing a troubled childhood during a therapy session.
But should good parents be blamed when kids go bad? That’s the question posed by Dr. Richard Friedman in today’s Science Times.
For years, mental health professionals were trained to see children as mere products of their environment who were intrinsically good until influenced otherwise; where there is chronic bad behavior, there must be a bad parent behind it.
But while I do not mean to let bad parents off the hook — sadly, there are all too many of them, from malignant to merely apathetic — the fact remains that perfectly decent parents can produce toxic children.
To learn more, read the full story, “Accepting That Good Parents May Plant Bad Seeds”