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Parental alienation: Targeted parent perspective


Balmer, S and Matthewson, M and Haines, J, Parental alienation: Targeted parent perspective, Australian Journal of Psychology, 70, (1) pp. 91-99. ISSN 0004-9530 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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2017 The Australian Psychological Society

DOI: doi:10.1111/ajpy.12159


Objectives: The aims of the study were to determine targeted parent experiences of parental alienation post-separation from the alienating parent, and to investigate common targeted parent characteristics.

Method: A total of 225 targeted parents completed an online survey.

Results: Targeted parents reported experiencing high severity of exposure to parental alienation tactics. Targeted parent sex and targeted child age significantly predicted variance in exposure to parental alienation. Targeted mothers experienced significantly higher severity of exposure to parental alienation than targeted fathers. Severity of exposure to parental alienation tactics significantly predicted increases in the appraisal of the parental alienation situation as threatening.

Conclusions: The findings offered new insights into targeted parent appraisals of their parental alienation experience. The results signified the seriousness of the impact of exposure to parental alienation for targeted parents, and highlighted a need for empirical research into the effectiveness of interventions and support services to assist targeted parents.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:alienated parent, parental alienation, targeted parent
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Social and personality psychology
Research Field:Gender psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Balmer, S (Ms Sian Balmer)
UTAS Author:Matthewson, M (Dr Mandy Matthewson)
ID Code:117247
Year Published:2018 (online first 2017)
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2017-06-05
Last Modified:2018-07-25

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