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Targeted parents surviving parental alienation: Consequences of the alienation and coping strategies

Lee Maturana, S-LG ORCID: 0000-0002-7594-9558, Matthewson, ML ORCID: 0000-0002-1122-3977 and Dwan, C ORCID: 0000-0001-8437-0743 2019 , 'Targeted parents surviving parental alienation: Consequences of the alienation and coping strategies' , Journal of Child and Family Studies , doi:

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The aim of this study was to describe the consequences of being alienated from a child and to identify the coping strategiesused by targeted parents to deal with the alienation. Using a qualitative descriptive design, 54 self-referred targeted parentsalienated from their children participated in an in-depth interview. Narratives were analyzed through thematic analysis andcommonalities in targeted parents’ consequences and coping strategies were identified. Six subthemes emerged describingdifferent consequences experienced by targeted parents due to parental alienation: emotional, behavioral, finances-work,cognitive, physical, and social. Also, eight different types of coping strategies were identified and classified according to theactivities reported by the targeted parents. Parental alienation has serious consequences for targeted parents affecting variousaspects of their lives. Targeted parents need more understanding, support and orientation to cope with their experience.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lee Maturana, S-LG and Matthewson, ML and Dwan, C
Keywords: targeted parents, alienated parents, consequences of parental alienation, qualitative description, coping strategies
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Child and Family Studies
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
ISSN: 1062-1024
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