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Encyclopedia > Empty nest syndrome

Empty nest syndrome is a general feeling of depression and loneliness that parents feel when one or more of their children leave home. While more common in women it can happen to both sexes. The marriage of a child can lead to similar feelings, with the role and influence of the parents often becoming less important compared to the new spouse. In everyday language depression refers to any downturn in mood, which may be relatively transitory and perhaps due to something trivial. ... Parenting comprises all the tasks involved in raising a child to an independent adult. ... A male Caucasian toddler child A child (plural: children) is a young human. ... Marriage is a relationship and bond, most commonly between a man and a woman, that plays a key role in the definition of many families. ...


A strong maternal or paternal bond between the parent and child can make the condition worse. The role of the parent while the child is still living with them is more hands-on and immediate than is possible when they have moved out, particularly if the distance means that visits are difficult. The maternal bond is typically the relationship between a mother and her child. ... The paternal bond is typically the relationship between a father and his child. ...

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Social and Cultural Factors

Empty nest syndrome has become more prevalent in modern times, as the extended family is becoming less common than before in earlier generations, and the elderly are left living by themselves. This article is about the domestic group. ...


In many cultures, such as those in African, India, Middle Eastern and East Asian countries, one's elderly parents were held in very high esteem and it was considered almost a duty to care for and respect them. In contrast to most Western societies, extended families were common in those places. However, nowadays, even in countries like those, as cities become more Westernized and industrialized, values are gradually changing. It is sometimes rather inconvenient or impractical to live with or care extensively for one's parents in a modern setting. Empty Nest Syndrome is starting to surface in those places as well. World map showing location of Africa A satellite composite image of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest continent in both area and population, after Asia. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... East Asia can be defined in either cultural or geographic terms. ... In Confucian thought, filial piety (Xiào (孝)) is one of the virtues to be cultivated, a love and respect for ones parents and ancestors. ...


Treatment

It is usual for time to be freed up when a child moves out, especially if there are no siblings left in the house. It is usually advised that the parent or parents should find new activities and distractions to take up some of this time. However, some depressions can become very severe and the person should seek professional help.


References

  • Webber, Christine and Delvin, David – "Empty-nest syndrome" (http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/womenshealth/features/ens.htm), referenced 22 February 2005

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External links

  • EmptyNestMoms.com (http://www.emptynestmoms.com/index.html)
  • Article at Psychology Today (http://cms.psychologytoday.com/conditions/emptynest.html)
  • Tips to Help (http://parentingteens.about.com/cs/azindex/l/aa050599.htm) at ParentingTeens.about.com

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Empty nest syndrome - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (374 words)
Empty nest syndrome is a general feeling of depression and loneliness that parents feel when one or more of their children leave home.
Empty nest syndrome has become more prevalent in modern times, as the extended family is becoming less common than before in earlier generations, and the elderly are left living by themselves.
Empty Nest Syndrome is starting to surface in some of those areas as well, where traditional values come in conflict with Westernization.
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