Parental alienation creates a negative impact on children

Alain de Plotke and William Burnett

  • Allan D. Plotke, Ph.D., is a clinical and forensic psychiatrist who works in private practice in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • William Burnett, MD, is professor emeritus in the department of psychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.

What is the common denominator between Brad Pitt, Alec Baldwin and Lita? They have news stories published about them with references to their struggles with parental alienation.

A 10-year-old girl, severely isolated from her father, drew a drawing of a military vehicle with soldiers on board and a military tank firing a large shell – an unusual drawing of a girl.

The girl composed a short story accompanying the picture, which ended by saying: “The father was shot by a tank. The children lived happily ever after with their mother. ” There was something ominous going on in this girl’s mind to create such a scenario.

The need for more public conversations about parental alienation

Divorce rates have fallen dramatically during the pandemic as families become overwhelmed and economic problems worsen.

Now that the pandemic has subsided and the courts reopened, American families are once again facing the complications and anxiety associated with marital breakups and the upheaval of children’s lives. An epidemic of some sort occurs between divorced and divorced families.

Alan Plotke

The phenomenon of parental alienation is well known to some mental health professionals, but it has not received much attention in the mainstream media. The public is largely unaware of this problem and its harmful effects on children and parents.

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Alienation behavior refers to the deliberate and purposeful maneuvers by one parent to sabotage and disrupt a child’s relationship with the other parent. These maneuvers can range from constant bad talk to false allegations of abuse to interruptions of paternity time.

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