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How many American children have cut contact with their parents? A young field of research suggests it is surprisingly common

The Economist
June 2, 2021

6 Ways to Mend a Family Rift and Find Connection, Love, and Harmony

Woman's World
May 11, 2021

When an Estranged Relative Dies, Some Face Grief, Regret and Relief

New York Times
April 7, 2021

Karl Talks with Kate and Oliver Hudson on their Sibling Revelry Podcast

March 26, 2021

How to Navigate Family Estrangement

Parents Magazine
March 24, 2021


Estrangement, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation: How Fractured Families Mend

May 26, 2021

This virtual event examines broad themes of forgiveness and reconciliation in the context of Dr. Pillemer’s research on family estrangement. Registration information will be posted at


Mending Family Rifts, March 9, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

March 9, 2021

Dr. Karl Pillemer discovered that family rifts are surprisingly pervasive and often result in long-lasting emotional and physical distress. He will discuss the first national survey on estrangement, including in-depth interviews with hundreds of people who have achieved a reconciliation. He will address such questions as: How do rifts begin? What makes estrangement so painful? Why is it so often triggered by a single event? Are you ready to reconcile? How can you overcome past hurts to build a new future with a relative? Sponsored by Washington Metro OASIS.

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Family Rifts and How to Mend Them: Findings from the Cornell Estrangement and Reconciliation Project

March 25, 2021

Using in-depth interviews with family members, including individuals who successfully reconciled after years or decades of estrangement, plus interviews with family therapists, and data from a national survey, Human Ecology professor, Dr. Karl Pillemer brings his research to bear on how to mend family rifts and estrangement in his new book, Fault Lines: Fractured Families and How to Mend Them. Sponsored by University of Missouri – Kansas City. Register in advance for this event:


“Fault Lines: Fractured Families and How to Mend Them” Virtual Lecture

June 16, 2021

What makes family estrangement so painful? Why do these rifts arise in the first place, and how can we overcome them? Join a live, virtual Cornell University Chats in the Stacks talk about Fault Lines: Fractured Families and How to Mend Them by Karl Pillemer, the Hazel E. Reed Professor in the Department of Human Development and professor of gerontology in medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Based largely on Pillemer’s groundbreaking, five-year Cornell Reconciliation Project—the first national survey on estrangement—Fault Lines (Avery, 2020) combines science-based repair tools with the personal experiences of hundreds of people who have mended family rifts. The result is a unique guide to healing fractured families, essential during this time of distance and isolation.

There is no cost for this event.

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American Medical Association – Understanding Ageism and Strategies to Reduce its Negative Impact

November 7, 2020

The term ageism is thought to be product of negative attitudes toward aging. Current research suggests that there is a strong link between ageism in the form of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination that is correlated with risks to physicians physical and mental health. How might interventions substantially reduce ageism, and help to improve perceptions of older physicians and the aging process? There are many physicians who lack information and education regarding the effects of aging on practice. This program will review current evidence and research on ageism and the social forces that shape one’s assumptions and beliefs.

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