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Parental alienation: Targeted parent perspective

Balmer, S, Matthewson, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1122-3977 and Haines, J 2017 , 'Parental alienation: Targeted parent perspective' , Australian Journal of Psychology , pp. 1-9 , doi:

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Objectives: The aims of the study were to determine targeted parent experiences of parental alienation post-separation from thealienating parent, and to investigate common targeted parent characteristics. Method: A total of 225 targeted parents completedan online survey. Results: Targeted parents reported experiencing high severity of exposure to parental alienation tactics. Targetedparent sex and targeted child age significantly predicted variance in exposure to parental alienation. Targeted mothersexperienced significantly higher severity of exposure to parental alienation than targeted fathers. Severity of exposure to parentalalienation tactics significantly predicted increases in the appraisal of the parental alienation situation as threatening. Conclusions:The findings offered new insights into targeted parent appraisals of their parental alienation experience. The resultssignified the seriousness of the impact of exposure to parental alienation for targeted parents, and highlighted a need for empiricalresearch into the effectiveness of interventions and support services to assist targeted parents.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Balmer, S and Matthewson, M and Haines, J
Keywords: alienated parent, parental alienation, targeted parent
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Psychology
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
ISSN: 0004-9530
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© 2017 The Australian Psychological Society

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