The effect of parental alienation on children’s emotional well-being

Kenny Leigh and Associates

Children are often seen as the first casualties of divorce.  Without being the cause of marital discord, they are, most of the time, put in a position they don’t want to be in: the prize in a custody battle, a veritable tug-of-war.  Sadly, some parents will do anything to win their children’s affection.  One callous tactic used by some is parental alienation.

Parental alienation is the act of showing children that one parent is better than the other. This is usually done by badmouthing the ex-spouse, portraying the target parent as unloving, unsafe, and unavailable, with the hope of having the children turn against the other party.  In this scenario, the children are used as pawns in the fight between the divorced couple.

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Parental alienation is a serious issue, particularly around children of divorced couples. Hearing negative things about their other parent, children can feel that they are…

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