Interpersonal estrangement

Other Names:
Dependence on interpersonal estrangement
Estranged relatives

Estrangement is a distancing from others with whom one might be expected to feel a relationship, such as family members or those in need. There is an increasing trend for bystanders to remain uninvolved in the event of some accident or emergency rather than help someone in trouble, particularly when other people are present. In part this is in order to avoid being drawn into complicated procedures whereby those assisting may be required to give evidence as witnesses (in the case of witnessed theft), in part in order to avoid physical danger (in the case of attack), and in part to avoid the risk of being sued for responsibility (in the case of assisting a wounded person prior to treatment in hospital).

Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
30.05.2019 – 19:25 CEST