PARENTAL ALIENATION AND SUICIDE IN MEN
James J. Peters Veterans’ Administration Medical Center and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,
Possibly, a decrease in the number and intensity of parental alienation cases may reduce suicidality in men.
It is quite difficult to reduce the number and intensity of such cases. The alienating parent’s task is easy. The
playing field is not level. It is prejudiced in favor of the alienating parent (Bone 2012). We must simply recog-
nize this if it is to be overcome. Legal interventions may help. Dr. Ludwig F. Lowenstein, one of Britain’s most
quoted authorities on psychology in education wrote:
“The threat of punishment for the alienator must be supported by punishment, including removing the childLowenstein
from mother’s care to a neutral place or to the alienated parent, and to use incarceration when necessary. Failure
to carry out this distasteful, but necessary, action against the obdurate party would constitute a mockery of the
judicial system. It is my experience as an expert witness to the Courts as a forensic, clinical psychologist, that
most alienating parents, whether mothers or fathers, will obey a court order if punishment is threatened for fai-
lure to adhere to the ruling” (Lowenstein 1999). Education of legal and mental health professionals and the
general public may also help.