Ep. 184 Attachment and Boundaries in Adult Children of “Gray Divorce” with Psychotherapists Carol Hughes and Bruce Fredenburg - Dr. Karin Anderson Abrell - Love and Life Podcast

Ep. 184 Attachment and Boundaries in Adult Children of “Gray Divorce” with Psychotherapists Carol Hughes and Bruce Fredenburg

In the US alone, more than 300,000 couples over the age of 50 divorce every year and this trend is growing. If you include the adult children involved, between 900,000 and 1.2 million people are impacted by the dissolution of these marriages. In fact, the term “gray divorce” has entered the lexicon to describe couples who part ways later in life.

Despite the number of people affected by gray divorce, few resources exist to provide support as adult children manage this unexpected and painful family division.

Psychotherapists Carol Hughes and Bruce Fredenburg join me to discuss their book, Home Will Never Be the Same Again:  A Guide for Adult Children of Gray Divorce.

So often, adult children of divorce feel invisible. Because they’re adults, others assume they’ll move through the divorce with ease. Their parents may even expect them to feel happy for them as they embark upon their new life. But adult children grieve the loss of their family and in addition to this pain, they’re faced with the challenges of visiting multiple homes for the holidays and navigating competing expectations for loyalty.

Join us for an empathic conversation around the realities of gray divorce and its deep impact on all involved.

Reference:

https://academic.oup.com/psychsocgerontology/article/67/6/731/614154?login=false

Carol & Bruce

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/contributors/carol-r-hughes-phd-lmft-and-bruce-r-fredenburg-ms-lmft

Book: https://www.amazon.com/Home-Will-Never-Same-Again/dp/1538135302 

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