Parental alienation
How to understand and address parental alienation resulting from acrimonious divorce or separation
By Ludwig F. Lowenstein
9781905541102

A significant contribution to debates on the effects of family breakdown - including the question "Do families need fathers?" - Parental Alienation calls for:
  • the judiciary to appreciate better parental alienation syndrome (PAS)
  • wider understanding of how parents can manipulate the system causing tragic consequences
  • children to be protected from the consequences of being alienated from a parent
  • both parents to be treated fairly by the system.

  • Some parents are a danger to children in brainwashing them against an absent parent. What is required is a revolution in thinking and behaviour - parents can be helped to play a positive role in bringing up children, despite the break up of the adult relationship, into a happier future.

    Drawing on international research, Lowenstein discusses the problems for parents and children when parental alienation occurs. His book identifies the signs of PAS. Concerned with the important task of seeking to remedy PAS, Lowenstein's basic principle is that both parents have the right and the responsibility to guide their children appropriately. He also addresses the role of the judiciary. Both the experts and the courts need to help parents resolve their differences to safeguard the welfare of their children.

    Parental Alienation addresses the important issues of mediation and of treatment. Parents with implacable hostility towards one another frequently make false accusations against another parent. The book deals with how to identify and treat accusations of abuse, and discusses the therapeutic methods required in PAS, and psychological assessment and treatment of pathologically induced alienation. Challenging, even provocative, this important book cannot be ignored.

    Paperback. 240 pages. 978-1-905541-10-2. Published 2007. £34.95.


    CONTENTS

    Alienated parents' stories
    The problems associated with parental alienation and PAS
    The role of the judiciary
    Dealing with the problem and its treatment
    Appendix: letters and web quotes about Parental Alienation Syndrome.


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Dr Ludwig F. Lowenstein is a forensic psychologist in the area of clinical psychology, educational psychology and general problems related to psychological changes within individuals. He was previously Chief Educational Psychologist for Hampshire and has acted in a large number of legal cases and written over 390 articles involving forensic cases, personal injury, Parental Alienation Syndrome and family and children issues.


    REVIEW

    "Addresses the causes and consequences of divorce emphasising the disastrous effect of manipulative parental manoeuvring upon the emotional well being of the developing child… resoundingly condemns the way hostile child custody disputes are handled within the existing legal system….a useful addition to the information available to any professional involved in child custody matters." The Expert & Dispute Resolver.

    "This book gets the balance right. There is a substantial amount of comment and explanation without sacrifice of academic content. There are, at last, signs that the judiciary is waking up to the need to enforce contact more rigorously. If this book receives the attention it deserves it will add considerable impetus to this. I am pleased to recommend it." Adrian Turner, Barrister, Editor in Chief, Justice of the Peace Editorial.

    "I would recommend all credible parenting organisations to have this book in their catalogue to be available to their members. To the individual parent - if you only buy one book - make this the one. This is the book that I wish had been written when I was deep in the unjust Family Court system. This is the book I would like the 'professionals' involved with my children, to read and consider. This is the book I would like my alienated children to read." Wendy Turner. Chair, Equal Parenting Alliance www.equalparentingalliance.com

    "This campaigning book to promote the acceptance of parental alienation syndrome (PAS)…is aimed at parents, mediators, psychiatric, psychology and the judicial professions. It uses research and case studies to argue for recognition for PAS and to demonstrate the techniques used in mediation and psychological assessment of parent and child." Community Care.

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