A juvenile judge just sent my 17 year-old grandaughter to live with my wife and I. She had gotten into a physical altercation with her dad. When he tried to subdue her against her will he grabbed her around the neck. She struck him several times after this. Her father called the police, they picked her up and sent her to a detention facility. Her father would not allow her to return home until she "apologized to him" for the altercation. He insisted that she have a psych eval after coming here (750 miles from him.) We did that and the doctor said that she had been "abused" but could not ellaborate more. He said that she was not exhibiting signs of bipolar disorder, depression or personality disorders.
Her father has a number of issues that are characteristic of a person with Antisocial Personality Disorder. He is in financial trouble all the time. He has been marries 3 times with each new wife coming right on the heels of the last. Nothing bad that happens is ever his fault. He is balming his daughter completely for this situation. Now the local authorities have shifted their focus to him. He still has 3 kids living with him.
My granddaughter has been with us for 2 months and has been a model citizen. I am confused about what happened. There is no past mental illness in our family that I am aware of. Her mother left the home when she was 4 and has been in and out of prison.
I am trying to figure this situation out. Her counselor says that her altercation with her dad was her last, best attempt to get out of his house. When the police came she was hiding in her closet.
Has anyone seen behavior like this between a parent and a child?