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Parental alienating behaviours experienced by alienated grandparents


Bounds, O and Matthewson, M, Parental alienating behaviours experienced by alienated grandparents, Journal of Family Issues pp. 1-23. ISSN 1552-5481 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0192513X221126753


This study explored parental alienating behaviours experienced by grandparents with limited or no contact with their grandchildren. Twelve alienated grandparents participated in semi-structured interviews investigating their experience of alienation. The data were analysed using an inductive thematic analysis approach. Alienated grandparents reported being exposed to 13 parental alienating behaviours used by the alienating parent. These behaviours are consistent with those reported by targeted parents and adult alienated children in other studies. This study showed that parental alienating behaviours also affects grandparent-child relationships. Further research is needed to better understand the impact of parental alienation on grandparents and the wider family system.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:grandparents, parental alienation, parental alienating behaviours, grandchildren, family relationships
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Clinical psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bounds, O (Ms Olivia Bounds)
UTAS Author:Matthewson, M (Dr Mandy Matthewson)
ID Code:153704
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2022-10-03
Last Modified:2023-01-13

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