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The psychological impact on children of parental alienation

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JZ Young lecture theatre

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Although parental alienation can have a devastating impact on the psychological development of children, experts are divided on how best to define and treat it. The purpose of this talk is to bring some better understanding of this important topic to psychologists, lawyers, and interested members of the public.

Parental alienation involves one parent manipulating a child into showing unwarranted fear and resentment to the other parent. Parental alienation occurs almost exclusively as part of a child custody dispute, though child custody disputes do not inevitably lead to parental alienation.Not only does parental alienation impact the targeted parent, but there are serious consequences for the alienated child, who suffers from disrupted development due to feeling rejected by the alienated parent, and being manipulated by the alienating parent. Alienated children often fare worse than others in terms of academic performance, life outcomes, and mental health. Parental alienation is therefore illegal in some countries, though still legal and prevalent in the UK.

The talk is given by author Stuart Hontree, whose book on parental aliention is reviewed here http://www.malepsychology.org.uk/sample-page/news-2/

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