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The forgotten parent: The targeted parent perspective of parental alienation

Poustie, C, Matthewson, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1122-3977 and Balmer, S 2018 , 'The forgotten parent: The targeted parent perspective of parental alienation' , Journal of Family Issues, vol. 39, no. 12 , pp. 3298-3323 , doi: 10.1177/0192513X18777867.

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This study investigated the targeted parent experience of parental alienation and alienating behaviors. One hundred and twenty-six targeted parents provided narratives in response to an open-ended question at the end of an online survey. Braun and Clarke's (2006) thematic analysis framework was used to identify themes in the data. Six themes were identified illustrating targeted parents' experience of parental alienation and alienating behaviors. Targeted parents described physical and emotional distance separating them from their child, emotional and financial costs associated with their engagement with "systems" such as legal systems and child protection systems. They described poor mental health and concern for their child's psychological well-being. Targeted parents considered alienating behaviors to be a form of family violence. Additionally, targeted parents used active coping behaviors. It was concluded that further research is needed to better understand parental alienation. Mental health and legal professionals must collaborate to optimize support for targeted parents.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Poustie, C and Matthewson, M and Balmer, S
Keywords: parental alienation, targeted parent, alienated parent, family violence, alienated family
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Family Issues
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc
ISSN: 0192-513X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/0192513X18777867
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Copyright 2018 The Authors

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