Adults 'lose touch after 21'

19th December 1997 at 00:00
Almost a third of young adults become estranged from their parents after they turn 21 because of poor communication and lack ofsupport, according to new research.

In many cases, parents are unable to communicate with their children or become over-protective, according to Professor Robert Bringle, of Purdue University in Indianapolis.

In some instances the rifts were linked to extreme problems including incest, abuse and alcoholism, but in 40 per cent of cases the reasons were less obvious.

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