The Forgotten Parent: The Targeted Parent Perspective of Parental Alienation

  title={The Forgotten Parent: The Targeted Parent Perspective of Parental Alienation},
  author={Clare Poustie and Ml Matthewson and Sian Balmer},
  journal={Journal of Family Issues},
  pages={3298 - 3323}
This study investigated the targeted parent experience of parental alienation and alienating behaviors. One hundred and twenty-six targeted parents provided narratives in response to an open-ended question at the end of an online survey. Braun and Clarke’s (2006) thematic analysis framework was used to identify themes in the data. Six themes were identified illustrating targeted parents’ experience of parental alienation and alienating behaviors. Targeted parents described physical and… Expand

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