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Losses experienced by Children Alienated from a Parent

Harman, JJ, Matthewson, ML ORCID: 0000-0002-1122-3977 and Baker, AJL 2021 , 'Losses experienced by Children Alienated from a Parent' , Current Opinion in Psychology , doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2021.05.002.

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Abstract

Parental alienation occurs when a child aligns with one parent and unjustifiably rejects the other as a result of parental alienating behaviors. This paper provides an overview of current research and theory regarding the losses alienated children endure. Parental alienating behaviors alter the child’s beliefs, perceptions, and memories of the alienated parent, triggering a cascade of profound losses for the child. These losses include loss of individual self; childhood experiences; extended family; community; and activities and relationships essential for healthy development. Consequently, alienated children often experience ongoing and ambiguous losses and thereby suffer disenfranchised grief in isolation.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Harman, JJ and Matthewson, ML and Baker, AJL
Keywords: parental alienation, alienated child, loss, grief, isolation
Journal or Publication Title: Current Opinion in Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 2352-250X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2021.05.002
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© 2021 Elsevier Ltd.

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