Parental alienation affects as many as 22 million intact, separated, and divorced families in the U.S., and millions more worldwide. It is associated with severe trauma across multiple generations, including the destruction of healthy parent-child relationships, the larger family system, and social networks. Despite the sheer number of families and communities affected by this problem, many people (including professionals) either do not know what it is, actively deny its existence if they
have heard of it, or passively serve as bystanders while children become increasingly alienated from loving and adequate families.
In Parents Acting Badly, Drs. Jennifer Jill Harman and Zeynep Biringen provide a thorough analysis of how and why this family dynamic can insidiously gain momentum over the years, and how parenting stereotypes, gender inequality, and social institutions (such as family courts) all sanction and even promote the problem. Parents Acting Badly represents a paradigm shift in thinking about parental alienation--from a private issue to a public concern. The authors suggest new approaches to addressing this controversial problem that encompasses individual change, as well as social and institutional reforms. The understanding and prevention of parental alienation can help families, societies, and institutions protect the best interests of the child.
|Publisher:||Colorado Parental Alienation Project|
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About the Author
Zeynep Biringen, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies at Colorado State University. She is an award-winning mentor and researcher and has published peer-reviewed research in the areas of parent-child relationships (attachment, emotional availability) in intact as well as divorced families. She has also developed prevention programs to enhance parent-child and teacher-child relationships. She developed the Emotional Availability (EA) Scales which have now been used in all U.S. subcultures, as well as at least 25 countries around the world, and is now becoming popular in relation to understanding mother-child as well as father-child emotional availability in custody and child protection evaluations. She has contributed to popular magazines (Parenting, Prevention), and has been interviewed for television (Court TV) and radio. Her concern in parental alienation issues is the children: She believes parental alienation is a spectrum problem and that even subtle and insidious cases of such hostility can negatively impact children.