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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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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Introduction
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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/9780199895496.003.0001

After separation or divorce, children may resist or reject contact with a parent for many reasons. The term “alienation” is used to refer to a situation “where the child's rejection or resistance of a parent is disproportionate to the child's actual experiences with that parent and the parental separation.” In other words, the child's reaction is inconsistent with the child's own actual observable experience and involves to some extent alienating strategies and behaviors on the part of the favored parent (or perhaps other family members or siblings). This introductory chapter discusses the prevalence of alienation, the prevalence of alienation in community samples, and increase in the number of alienation cases.

Keywords:   parent-child relationship, separation, divorce, observable experience, family members

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