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Characteristics and experiences of targeted parents of parental alienation from their own perspective: A systematic literature review

Lee Maturana, SL, Matthewson, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1122-3977, Dwan, C ORCID: 0000-0001-8437-0743 and Norris, K ORCID: 0000-0003-3661-2749 2018 , 'Characteristics and experiences of targeted parents of parental alienation from their own perspective: A systematic literature review' , Australian Journal of Psychology , pp. 1-9 , doi: 10.1111/ajpy.12226.

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Objective: The aims of this systematic literature review were to identify andsynthesise all relevant information about targeted parents’ characteristics and experiences from their own perspective.Method: The academic databases Web of Science, PsycINFO, PubMed,EMBASE-ELSEVIER, The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, andconference abstracts were systematically searched from their inception until May2018. The systematic review followed the preferred reporting items for systematicreviews and meta-analyses protocol (PRISMA-P) and was registered in PROSPERO (ID = CRD42017062533).Results: Nine relevant articles were included after conducting inclusion criteriaand quality assessment. Data were collated and analysed using guidance on theconduct of narrative synthesis in systematic reviews.Conclusion: Targeted parents report consistent stories about the nature of the alienation tactics used by alienating parents across the included studies. Targeted parents expressed dissatisfaction with legal and mental health system servicesavailable to them. Further, despite feeling despair, frustration, and isolation, targeted parents appear to be resilient and seek out positive coping strategies. Thisreview showed that research on targeted parents from their own perspective issparse, and more studies are needed.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lee Maturana, SL and Matthewson, M and Dwan, C and Norris, K
Keywords: Targeted parents, parental alienation
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Psychology
Publisher: Australian Psychological Soc
ISSN: 0004-9530
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/ajpy.12226
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