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Recommendations for best evidence based practice responses for parental alienation : a psychological and legal perspective

Templer, K (2015) Recommendations for best evidence based practice responses for parental alienation : a psychological and legal perspective. Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Parental alienation occurs when a child is unreasonably influenced by a parent’s
unwarranted views of the other parent, leading to unnecessary refusal or resistance of
a relationship with the targeted parent (Garber, 2011). The child will align
themselves with the preferred parent without justification, with their behaviour often
driven by false beliefs (Bernet & Baker, 2013). There is a current lack of literature
regarding effective practice to aid psychologists and courts in terms of supporting the
alienating parent, targeted parent, and child. A systematic literature review was
undertaken which aimed to identify evidence based practices in response to parental
alienation and to develop a set of best practice recommendations for professionals
working with families affected by parental alienation with a psychological and a
legal perspective. Medline, PsycInfo and Embase academic databases were searched
from their inception until August 2015. The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled
Trials, and conference abstracts were also searched. Articles published in English
reporting outcomes relating to an intervention for parental alienation were included.
A total of nine articles met criteria for the current review. Broadly, interventions fell
into five different categories: change in custody and individual or family
therapy/mediation; custodial transfer only; multi-modal family intervention; parallel
group therapy; and reunification programs/ retreats/ workshops/ camps.
Recommendations suggest that changes in custody to the targeted parent are
effective in restoring relationships, and that where there is court involvement, a
family therapy approach further helps to reduce distress and improve child-parent

Item Type: Thesis (Coursework Master)
Keywords: parental alienation, alienated, targeted parent, alienating parent, intervention, therapeutic, legal
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