What happens when children who experience PA grow up?
There are several possible outcomes for “adult children of PA.” Some children remain convinced throughout their lives that the parent they rejected is evil and dangerous. Some adult children are influenced by therapists or close friends or new spouses to reach out to the parent they rejected many years earlier. That may lead to tentative and then substantive reunification. Some adult children decide spontaneously – because of changed life circumstances – to touch base with the previously rejected parent. For example, a young adult might go away to college and decide to learn more about the parent he had avoided for years. Some adult children might learn about PA from friends or the media, and they realize that is what happened to them.