Using the term 'dysfunctional' loosely and in the Indian context. Could mean one or more of the following: - overly strict, borderline abusive mother or father - sent to live with grandparents and grow up to resent that choice of parents - one parent or both parents heavily favoring one child over another (partiality) - forcing daughter to get married early, not letting her study further - forcing sons to spend on sisters long after the daughters are married off - excessive and unrelenting interference in adult child's married life - not really ever accepting child's spouse - maintaining distance from grandkids, favoring one grandkid over another - one parent with serious issues like drinking, gambling that ruined children's childhood - expecting and forcing better settled child to help poorer siblings lifelong - never happy with the physical and financial support adult children can provide - giving away money to relatives when own family suffering, even past 65-70 age In such families, what is the responsibility or obligation of the grown children to take care of old parents? Is it different from that of children in more regular families? If the dysfunction was serious enough, can the child completely ignore his/her duty to take care of old parents? Or, is it like this: Family was dysfunctional but still the child had a home, had food, shelter, clothing and education, grew up to be a normal, functioning adult. Should be thankful for that. And take care of parents like other people do?