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Characteristics and experiences of targeted parents of parental alienation from their own perspective: A systematic literature review


Lee Maturana, SG and Matthewson, M and Dwan, C and Norris, K, Characteristics and experiences of targeted parents of parental alienation from their own perspective: A systematic literature review, Australian Journal of Psychology, 71, (2) pp. 83-91. ISSN 0004-9530 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2018 The Australian Psychological Society

DOI: doi:10.1111/ajpy.12226


Objective: The aims of this systematic literature review were to identify and synthesise all relevant information about targeted parentsí characteristics and experiences from their own perspective.

Method: The academic databases Web of Science, PsycINFO, PubMed, EMBASE-ELSEVIER, The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and conference abstracts were systematically searched from their inception until May 2018. The systematic review followed the preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses protocol (PRISMA-P) and was registered in PROSPERO (ID = CRD42017062533).

Results: Nine relevant articles were included after conducting inclusion criteria and quality assessment. Data were collated and analysed using guidance on the conduct of narrative synthesis in systematic reviews.

Conclusion: Targeted parents report consistent stories about the nature of the alienation tactics used by alienating parents across the included studies. Targeted parents expressed dissatisfaction with legal and mental health system services available to them. Further, despite feeling despair, frustration, and isolation, targeted parents appear to be resilient and seek out positive coping strategies. This review showed that research on targeted parents from their own perspective is sparse, and more studies are needed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Targeted parent, parental alienation, alienated parent, family conflict, separation, systematic literature review
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Social and personality psychology
Research Field:Social psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lee Maturana, SG (Mrs Sau-Lyn Lee Maturana)
UTAS Author:Matthewson, M (Dr Mandy Matthewson)
UTAS Author:Dwan, C (Dr Corinna Dwan)
UTAS Author:Norris, K (Professor Kimberley Norris)
ID Code:129813
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2018-12-19
Last Modified:2019-09-10

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