Book ‘Difficult’ by Judith R. Smith

Mothering Challenging Adult Children through Conflict and Change
Told from the perspective of mothers who’ve lived it, Difficult focuses on mothering challenging adult children. Difficult brings to life the conflicts that arise for mothers who are confronted with the unexpected, burdensome, and even catastrophic dependencies of their adult children associated with mental illness, substance use, or chronic unemployment. Through real stories of mothers and their challenging adult children, this book offers readable, provocative, and, at times, shocking illustrations of the excruciating maternal dilemma: Which takes precedence—the needs of the mother or of the distressed adult child? Difficult addresses a family situation which too many keep secret... 
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 15, 2022)  Pages: ‎280 pages  ISBN-10: 1538138883  ISBN-13: 978-1538138885  ASIN:‎ B09QMPLL2Q

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Judith R. Smith, PhD, LCSW, is a leader in gerontological research focusing on women’s experiences as they age. She is a senior clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and professor of social work at Fordham University. She lives in New York City with her husband.