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Alienation Dynamics

Alienation Dynamics

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Published by Dr Stephen E Doyne

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Published by: Dr Stephen E Doyne on Jun 29, 2011
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 Alienation Dynamics: Alienation Dynamics:Uses and AbusesUses and Abuses
Stephen E. Doyne, Ph.D.Stephen E. Doyne, Ph.D.
 
DefinitionDefinition
 Alienation/Alignment is a misunderstood concept Alienation/Alignment is a misunderstood conceptthat surfaces in many divorce and custody disputesthat surfaces in many divorce and custody disputes
Basically, the child is estranged from one parentBasically, the child is estranged from one parentostensibly due to overt and/or covert behavior byostensibly due to overt and/or covert behavior bythe other parentthe other parent
There is no agreement upon:There is no agreement upon:
Whether parental alienation syndrome (PAS)Whether parental alienation syndrome (PAS)exists a la Gardner exists a la Gardner 
 A definition of alienation/or alignment A definition of alienation/or alignment
Data on the frequency of occurrenceData on the frequency of occurrence
CausesCauses
Effects on childrenEffects on children
 
O
ccurrence
O
ccurrence
In divorce, alienation accusations typically surfaceIn divorce, alienation accusations typically surfacewhen children:when children:
Resist or refuse visitation on a consistent basisResist or refuse visitation on a consistent basis
Exhibit postExhibit post--visitation behavior that indicates the ³target´visitation behavior that indicates the ³target´ parent is being maligned by the other parent is being maligned by the other 
Children express extreme loyalty to one parentChildren express extreme loyalty to one parent
PAS is often embraced by father¶s rights advocates as anPAS is often embraced by father¶s rights advocates as anexplanation for why children resist contactexplanation for why children resist contact
In the alternative, alienation is often used as aIn the alternative, alienation is often used as adefensive strategy by perpetrators in domesticdefensive strategy by perpetrators in domesticviolence and sexual abuse casesviolence and sexual abuse cases

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