Diagnosing and Treating Parental Alienation/Child Alienation: How a Forensic Psychologist Can Help
The children themselves may have agendas that make the parental alienation worse. Children of divorce have a strong desire to avoid discomfort and anger bhttp://janemcnaught.com/2017/03/31/diagnosing-treating-parental-alienation/etween their parents. This makes them vulnerable to being enlisted as allies for siding with the alienating parent. The children sense the alienating parent’s vulnerability and sadness, and oftentimes become the advocate for the alienating parent by becoming the spokesperson for their parent’s hatred. While the child becomes the voice piece for the vulnerable alienating parent, this is generally accomplished by the alienating parent directing the action in the background against the targeted parent. The children are frequently unaware of how they are being used. However, if the child is angry and refuses to visit the targeted parent because of actual physical or emotional abuse or neglect, the child’s behavior is not a manifestation of PA.
Parental Alienation (PA) can occur ever so subtly and effectively, simply by one parent focusing on the targeted parent’s faults that are real and provable. Unfortunately, this is highly damaging to the children. Children need to love both parents if at all possible, even if the parents themselves have years ago ceased to love their ex-spouse or ex-partner. Divorced parents need to help the children dwell on the other parent’s good points rather than the faults.http://janemcnaught.com/2017/03/31/diagnosing-treating-parental-alienation/