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Children Who Resist Postseparation Parental ContactA Differential Approach for Legal and Mental Health Professionals$
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Barbara Jo Fidler, Nicholas Bala, and Michael A. Saini

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199895496

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895496.001.0001

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Definitions and Debates

Definitions and Debates

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(p.13) 2 Definitions and Debates
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Children Who Resist Postseparation Parental Contact
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Barbara Jo Fidler

Nicholas Bala

Michael A. Saini

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895496.003.0002

This chapter provides an overview of the historical context relating to alienation, beginning with Richard Gardner's introduction of parental alienation syndrome, followed by a discussion of Kelly and Johnston's reformulated model and further developments in the field. Next, it discusses the need for differentiating alienation from other types of parent-child contact problems, including justified rejection, and the challenges in making this distinction. It concludes by discussing the current debate about whether alienation is a diagnosis or “syndrome”.

Keywords:   historical context, parental alienation syndrome, parent-child contact, justified rejection

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