The Hostage Metaphor for “Parental Alienation”
C.A. Childress, Psy.D. (2014)
The dynamics of attachment-based “parental alienation” can be highlighted through
the use of metaphors that capture and describe key aspects of the family processes and the
child’s experience. The two primary metaphors are the 1) the Hostage Metaphor, and 2)
the Computer Virus Metaphor.