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Mrs. C. Jakkulin Lilly Piya, Ms. Birgid

Citation Information : Piya MC, Birgid M. EMPTY-NEST SYNDROME. 2014; 7 (3):16-18.

DOI: 10.5005/pjn-7-3-16

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-12-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; The Author(s).


This study explores parental health and well-being in relation to “empty nest” transitions. Focus is placed on the purported empty nest syndrome (i.e., self-reported experiences of depression and emotional distress when children leave home) and variations by parental gender and cultural background. This study is primarily based on in-depth telephone interviews conducted in 2006 and 2007 with a subsample (n = 316) of parents from four cultural groups (British, Chinese, Southern European, and Indo/East Indian) living in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia. A mixed-methodological approach is used whereby both quantitative and qualitative strategies are combined. Findings reveal that overall only a minority of parents report having experienced the empty nest syndrome.

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