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Targeted parents surviving parental alienation: Consequences of the alienation and coping strategies


Lee-Maturana, S and Matthewson, ML and Dwan, C, Targeted parents surviving parental alienation: Consequences of the alienation and coping strategies, Journal of Child and Family Studies ISSN 1062-1024 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10826-020-01725-1


The aim of this study was to describe the consequences of being alienated from a child and to identify the coping strategies used by targeted parents to deal with the alienation. Using a qualitative descriptive design, 54 self-referred targeted parents alienated from their children participated in an in-depth interview. Narratives were analyzed through thematic analysis and commonalities in targeted parentsí consequences and coping strategies were identified. Six subthemes emerged describing different consequences experienced by targeted parents due to parental alienation: emotional, behavioral, finances-work, cognitive, physical, and social. Also, eight different types of coping strategies were identified and classified according to the activities reported by the targeted parents. Parental alienation has serious consequences for targeted parents affecting various aspects of their lives. Targeted parents need more understanding, support and orientation to cope with their experience.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:targeted parents, alienated parents, consequences of parental alienation, qualitative description, coping strategies
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Family care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Neonatal and child health
UTAS Author:Lee-Maturana, S (Ms Sau-Lyn Lee Maturana)
UTAS Author:Matthewson, ML (Dr Mandy Matthewson)
UTAS Author:Dwan, C (Dr Corinna Dwan)
ID Code:139180
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2020-05-29
Last Modified:2020-08-11

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