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Understanding targeted parents’ experience of parental alienation: a qualitative description from their own perspective

Lee Maturana, S, Matthewson, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1122-3977 and Dwan, C ORCID: 0000-0001-8437-0743 2020 , 'Understanding targeted parents’ experience of parental alienation: a qualitative description from their own perspective' , American Journal of Family Therapy , doi: 10.1080/01926187.2020.1837035.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to identify, synthetize and describe targeted parents’ experiences of being alienated from their child/ren. Fifty-four self-referred targeted parents were interviewed. Two relevant themes emerged in regard to their experiences: targeted parents experiencing family violence before the alienation and what they experienced during the alienation. Mental health and legal practitioners need to be aware that targeted parents have suffered the significant loss of their child/ren. Importantly, many parents experienced family violence before family separation and continue to experience coercion and control post family separation.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lee Maturana, S and Matthewson, M and Dwan, C
Keywords: targeted parent, alienated parent, parental alienation, divorce conflict, rejected parent, qualitative description, family violence
Journal or Publication Title: American Journal of Family Therapy
Publisher: Brunner-Routledge
ISSN: 0192-6187
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/01926187.2020.1837035
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