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Losses experienced by Children Alienated from a Parent


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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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2021.05.002


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.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:parental alienation, alienated child, loss, grief, isolation
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:Mental health
UTAS Author:Matthewson, ML (Dr Mandy Matthewson)
ID Code:144539
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2021-05-27
Last Modified:2021-11-16
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