Abstract for:How does parent-child estrangement come about, and how can these estranged ties be repaired?
How does parent-child estrangement come about, and how can these estranged ties be repaired? This paper utilizes System Dynamics modelling in an attempt to 1) understand parent-child estrangement holistically, 2) use the simulated results of modelling to predict its behavior, and most importantly 3) propose points of leverage which policy makers may best utilize to foster new generations of well-functioning and bonded Singaporean families.
The main finding of this paper is that parent-child estrangement is a symptom of relational problems within the family, such as destructive rather than constructive communication, the disallowing of needed ‘breaks’ between family members in conflict, and the inability to let go of built-up resentment. Several policy suggestions are made in this paper for the purpose of alleviating and preventing these relational problems, with the aim of promoting healthier relationships in Singaporean families.