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Johnny's Parents in The Outsiders

By S.E. Hinton

Johnny's Parents

Johnny's parents are abusive—his mother verbally, and his father physically. They're both neglectful. Johnny refuses to see his mother when she comes to visit him in the hospital, and he takes his parents' treatment of him personally (as would most people). Lack of parental love appears to be the basis of his self-esteem problems.