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Children Who Resist Post-Separation Parental Contact : A Differential Approach for Legal and Mental Health Professionals, Paperback / softback Book


Interest in the problem of children who resist contact with or become alienated from a parent after separation or divorce is growing, due in part to parents' increasing frustrations with the apparent ineffectiveness of the legal system in handling these unique cases.

There is a need for legal and mental health professionals to improve their understanding of, and response to, this polarizing social dynamic.

Children Who Resist Post-Separation Parental Contactis a critical, empirically based review of parental alienation that integrates the best research evidence with clinical insight from interviews with leading scholars and practitioners.

The authors - Fidler, Bala, and Saini - a psychologist, a lawyer and a social worker, are an multidisciplinary team whodraw upon the growing body of mental health and legal literature to summarize the historical development and controversies surrounding the concept of "alienation " and explain the causes, dynamics, and differentiation of various types of parent-child relationship issues.

The authors review research on prevalence, risk factors, indicators, assessment, and measurement to form a conceptual integration of multiple factors relevant to the etiology and maintenance of the problem of strainedparent-child relationships.

A differential approach to assessment and intervention is provided.

Children's rights, the role of their wishes and preferences in legal proceedings, and the short- and long-term impact of parental alienation are also discussed.

Considering legal, clinical, prevention, andintervention strategies, and concluding with recommendations for practice, research, and policy, this book is a much-needed resource for mental health professionals, judges, family lawyers, child protection workers, mediators, and others who work with families dealing with divorce, separation, and child custody issues.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Child & developmental psychology
  • ISBN: 9780199895496



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