Harman, JJ and Matthewson, ML and Baker, AJL, Losses experienced by Children Alienated from a Parent, Current Opinion in Psychology ISSN 2352-250X (2021) [Refereed Article]
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Parental alienation occurs when a child aligns with one parent and unjustifiably rejects the other as a result of parental alienating behaviors. This paper provides an overview of current research and theory regarding the losses alienated children endure. Parental alienating behaviors alter the child’s beliefs, perceptions, and memories of the alienated parent, triggering a cascade of profound losses for the child. These losses include loss of individual self; childhood experiences; extended family; community; and activities and relationships essential for healthy development. Consequently, alienated children often experience ongoing and ambiguous losses and thereby suffer disenfranchised grief in isolation.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||parental alienation, alienated child, loss, grief, isolation|
|Research Group:||Social and personality psychology|
|Research Field:||Social psychology|
|Objective Group:||Public health (excl. specific population health)|
|Objective Field:||Mental health|
|UTAS Author:||Matthewson, ML (Dr Mandy Matthewson)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||5|
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