Tuesday 30 May 2017

How good boundaries can prevent a major family fall-out

Tension between parents and their son’s wife has been ranked as one of the major causes of estrangement in families. Stock photo
Tension between parents and their son’s wife has been ranked as one of the major causes of estrangement in families. Stock photo
Sinead Moriarty

Sinead Moriarty

A son is a son until he takes a wife, but a daughter is a daughter all her life. According to a new survey, this old saying is all too true - and your son's choice of wife is the key to family harmony.

The research carried out by Cambridge University and the charity Stand Alone shows that the tension between parents and their son's wife has been ranked as one of the major causes of long-term estrangement in families.

Becca Bland, CEO of Stand Alone, said she founded the charity after writing about her own experience of family estrangement, explaining how her lack of a family network made her feel very isolated.

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