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Recommendations for best practice in response to parental alienation: findings from a systematic review


Templer, KM and Matthewson, M and Haines, J and Cox, R, Recommendations for best practice in response to parental alienation: findings from a systematic review, Journal of Family Therapy, 39, (1) pp. 103-122. ISSN 0163-4445 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice

DOI: doi:10.1111/1467-6427.12137


This study aimed to systematically review the literature pertaining to parental alienation to determine best practice for therapists and legal practitioners. Medline, Embase, and PsycINFO academic databases, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials and conference abstracts were searched. Included articles were peer reviewed journal articles or books published in English pertaining to a psychological or legal intervention for parental alienation. Ten articles were included in the review. It was found that changes in custodial or residential arrangements in favour of the targeted parent are effective in ameliorating parental alienation. Specialized family therapy addressing the alienation is effective in restoring family relationships and family functioning. A coordinated approach from therapists and legal practitioners is important in resolving parental alienation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:parental alienation, custody, residency, alienated parent, intervention, restorative
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Templer, KM (Ms Kate Templer)
UTAS Author:Matthewson, M (Dr Mandy Matthewson)
ID Code:113254
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:34
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2016-12-16
Last Modified:2018-03-23
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