For this article we drew on material from a study in which we explored how people who were brought up in a family headed by a parent or parents with learning difficulties managed the transition to adulthood. Using evidence from in-depth interviews, we provided an assessment of how the now-adult children came through what would generally be seen as a risk-filled up-bringing. Despite the problems they encountered in their childhood, many of which originated outside the home, most of the informants had maintained a valued relationship with their family and remained close to their mother.

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