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The reunification experience: How can this inform practice?


Ward, Sophie and Matthewson, ML, The reunification experience: How can this inform practice?, 2016 APS Congress, 13-16 September, 2016, Melbourne, Australia (2016) [Conference Extract]


Aim: the aim of this study was to investigate alienated parents’ and children’s experience of the reunification process following alienation. Specifically it aimed to explore their motivation for reunification, their description of what the reunification was like, their views as to what may have helped or hindered the reunification process and the impact that it has had on their lives.

Design: A qualitative design using semi-structured interviews was employed.

Method: Participants were adult children who had reunified with a targeted parent since turning 18 following parental alienation in childhood, as well as parents who had reunified with their adult children. Participants attended a semi-structured interview that explored the participants’ experience of parental alienation, their current parent-child relationship, the catalyst for reunification, what helped and hindered the reunification process and how reunification has impacted their lives.

Results: Data was analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) (Smith & Osborn, 2008) and common themes were identified using the NVivo-10 program (QSR International, 2014).

Conclusion: The results provide insight into how mental health and legal professionals can better support individuals experiencing parental alienation. The results also provide information that can be incorporated into intervention programs.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
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:Ward, Sophie (Ms Sophie Ward)
UTAS Author:Matthewson, ML (Dr Mandy Matthewson)
ID Code:115337
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2017-03-17
Last Modified:2017-03-17

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