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Parents Acting Badly

The sub-title of this new book sets the scene: "How institutions and societies promote the alienation of children from their families". In explaining their view of how this happens, Harman and Biringen also provide a very readable guide to what brings about alienation. 

The book is based on a large scale survey of parents affected by alienation, conducted by one pschology professor who has her own eperience iof alienation and another who is an expert in parent-child relationships and attachment. Dr Harman has also delivered a TED talk on this topic.

The "Who Alienates" chapter is particularly useful in giving an understandable account of the various personality disorders and other factors which might be involved. This book also has useful discussion on parenting stereotypes and gender roles and gives support for equal parenting.  The coverage of solutions in the last chapter relates mainly to how courts and other systems operate in North America, but the whole book provides a very readable account of parental alienation.


Parental Alienation study wins conference awards

The background to Sue Whitcombe's study of the professional debate about Parental Alienation (PA) and the experience of alienated parents is described in an article in the The Psychologist,  journal of the British Psychological Society.

She was awarded Counselling Psychology Trainee of the Year prize for a paper on the debate around the inclusion of Parental Alienation in DSM-5 manual, and her poster at the same Counselling Psychology conference last year won the prize for best presentation.

She comments in the article: "I feel driven to raise awareness of PA in those professionals who work on a daily basis with those whose lives are damaged by this tragedy. I feel driven to raise awareness in the general public, so that PA can no longer be denied or swept under the carpet in the same way as childhood."

She is still working on the findings of her survey of parents affected by alienation, and will be presenting results at the British Psychological Scociety annual conference in May.


New Scottish web site on parental alienation

  Nick Child, a family therapist from Edinburgh has established a new web site linking international thinking and research on  the broad subject of Children Resisting Post-Separation Contact with a Parent (CRC), part of which is the pattern called Parental Alienation (PA).

Nick's interest arose from his family therapy work and discovery and rapid learning about this field.

The terms PA and PA Syndrome are so loaded with presumptions that it is less off-putting to include it within a wider range of patterns of "Children Resisting Post-Separation Contact With a Parent" (CRC for short).

In the introduction to the site he suggests that it needs to be supplemented by organisations and networks of people in Scotland moving everything forward in more practical ways.