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Understanding targeted parents’ experience of parental alienation: a qualitative description from their own perspective

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posted on 2023-05-20, 19:21 authored by Lee Maturana, S, Mandy MatthewsonMandy Matthewson, Dwan, C
The aim of this study was to identify, synthetize and describe targeted parents’ experiences of being alienated from their child/ren. Fifty-four self-referred targeted parents were interviewed. Two relevant themes emerged in regard to their experiences: targeted parents experiencing family violence before the alienation and what they experienced during the alienation. Mental health and legal practitioners need to be aware that targeted parents have suffered the significant loss of their child/ren. Importantly, many parents experienced family violence before family separation and continue to experience coercion and control post family separation.


Publication title

American Journal of Family Therapy




School of Psychological Sciences



Place of publication

325 Chestnut St, 8Th Fl, Philadelphia, USA, Pa, 19106

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