The Causes of Estrangement, and How Families Heal

From The New York Times:

A 21-year-old college student who hasn’t spoken to her mother since high school.

A woman who cannot get along with her daughter-in-law, and who therefore has no contact with her son.

Three siblings who stopped speaking because of a disputed inheritance 30 years ago.

Family estrangement — a topic once so distressing and shameful that people hesitated to discuss it — is drawing more attention as some tell their stories and researchers delve into its causes and consequences.

Karl Pillemer, a family sociologist at Cornell University, has just published “Fault Lines: Fractured Families and How to Mend Them,” a book that provides something rare in this realm — actual data.

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