Jochen Rögelein is a family therapist. People regularly come to his practice who are confronted with a loss of contact. In an interview, he explains the reasons for this and how parents should react.
Mr Rögelein, how often do you come across the topic of breaking contact in your practice? Almost every second person in our practice reports a wide variety of contact breaks within family systems in the course of a lifetime.
At what age do children usually break off contact? We know that even very young adults “ghost” their parents, i.e. suddenly disappear without leaving a trace, which is very problematic for parents. In general, however, it is mainly people between their mid-20s and around mid-30s who come to our practice with the topic. A later peak comes again in mid-life.