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The not-forgotten child: alienated adult children’s experience of parental alienation

Bentley, CAR and Matthewson, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1122-3977 2020 , 'The not-forgotten child: alienated adult children’s experience of parental alienation' , American Journal of Family Therapy , pp. 1-21 , doi: 10.1080/01926187.2020.1775531.

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Abstract

This study explored the experience of adults who had experienced parental alienation during childhood. Ten alienatedadult children participated in 60 to 90-minute semi-structuredinterviews about their experience of parental alienation. UsingBraun and Clarke (2006) thematic analysis framework, seventhemes were identified. Participants described experiencingabuse perpetrated by the alienating parent. They describedexperiencing anxiety, depression, low self-worth, guilt, attachment problems, difficulty in other relationships, and reducedor delayed educational and career attainment that they attributed to their experience of parental alienation. These resultsdemonstrated that children’s exposure to parental alienationmay have lifelong ramifications for their psychologicalwell-being.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Bentley, CAR and Matthewson, M
Keywords: parental alienation, alienated adult child/ children, alienated child/ children, targeted parent, alienating parent, child abuse
Journal or Publication Title: American Journal of Family Therapy
Publisher: Brunner-Routledge
ISSN: 0192-6187
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/01926187.2020.1775531
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