Our media-fed, romanticised images of the happy family gathering can be particularly harmful to one’s mental and physical health during the holiday season, says a Queen’s expert in family dynamics.
The absence of idealistic family relations at these festive times of the year can be devastating for many people, says sociology professor Catherine Krull.
With the holiday season comes predictable increases in recorded rates of depression, acts of aggression, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide.
“Although these expectations are unrealistic, they’re constructed and reconstructed in many different ways over the festive season through holiday editions of magazines, holiday specials on television, and more,” says Dr. Krull, who teaches sociology of the family and has a research focus on Canadian family policy, generations and social change.
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