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Parental Alienation

Parental alienation is a social dynamic, generally occurring due to divorce or separation, when a child expresses unjustified hatred or unreasonably strong dislike of one parent, making access by the rejected parent difficult or impossible.[1] These feelings may be influenced by negative comments by the other parent and by the characteristics, such as lack of empathy and warmth, of the rejected parent.[2] The term does not apply in cases of actual child abuse, when the child rejects the abusing parent to protect themselves.[3] Parental alienation is controversial in legal and mental health professions, both generally and in specific situations.[4][5] Terms related to parental alienation include child alienation, pathological alignments, visitation refusal, pathological alienation,[6] the toxic parent and parental alienation syndrome[7] though the last term is a specific formulation of a medical syndrome proposed by psychiatrist Richard Gardner that is not well accepted.[8]

First described in 1976 as "pathological alignment", the dynamic refers to a situation in which a child unreasonably rejects a non-custodial parent.[8]Richard A. Gardner proposed parental alienation syndrome in the 1980s based on his clinical experience with the children of divorcing parents. Since that time, other researchers have suggested focusing less on diagnosing a syndrome and more on what has been described as the "alienated child", and the dynamics of the situation that have contributed to the alienation.[5][9] In this view, alienation is seen as a breakdown of attachment between parent and child, and may be caused by multiple factors. The behaviors of all family members, including those of the alienated parent, may lead to the family dysfunction and rejection of a parent.[10][11] The evaluation of all contributing factors and all possible remedies are recommended in evaluating cases where children have estranged from a parent.[5][12]

Parental alienation lacks a single definition and its existence, etiology, characteristics and in particular the description of the term as a syndrome has been subject to still-unresolved debate. Some formulations of the concept have emphasized the role of an alienating parent, termed variously the "programming" parent and "embittered-chaotic parent".[8] More recent descriptions, influenced the research of Kelly and Johnston, have proposed a more complex analysis, in which all family members may play a role. This "systems-based" view acknowledges that a child may be alienated from one parent without "alienating" behaviour by the other parent.[5][8] Based on an empirical study, it also suggests that alienating behaviours by both parents is the norm in high-conflict divorces. Rejected parents, generally fathers, tend to lack warmth and empathy with the child, engage in rigid parenting and critical attitudes, and are passive, depressed, anxious and withdrawn - characteristics which may encourage rejection. The parent that the child aligns with - the aligned parent - may engage in alienating behaviours, by undermining the other parent: these behaviours may be conscious and deliberate or alternatively may reflect a lack of awareness on the effect of their actions on their children. Direct alienating behaviours occur when one parent actively undermines the other parent, such as making derogatory remarks about the other parent or telling the child that the other parent is responsible for the separation or the cause of financial difficulties. Indirect alienation behaviours occur when one parent fails to support access or contact with the other parent, or tacitly accepts the child's negative behaviour and comments towards the other parent.[5][8]

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April 25th is the 6th Annual Parental Alienation Awareness Day! http://towardchange.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/april-25th-is-the-6th-annual-parental-alienation-awareness-day-via-world4justice-now-lobby-forum-2/ ;
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Jeremy Corbyn 'did nothing' after being told of paedos in his borough

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Children’s voices in family law conflicts | OUPblog

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Children are commonly recognized as separate human beings with individual views and wishes worthy of consideration. Their ability to freely express these views and wishes constitutes the concept of child participation, defined by Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as the right of children capable of forming their own views to be able to express themselves freely in all matters affecting their lives.
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Dallas 2-year-old dies in car seat in front of home

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Judge Lisa Gorcyca: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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A Michigan judge sent three kids to juvenile hall and compared them to members of the Manson Family because they refused to talk to their dad.
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Husband awarded £1.9 million by divorce court - Marilyn Stowe Blog

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Five-year-old son testifies against his father in the death of his mom

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2 Parents, 3 Children Found Dead In Utah Home - Huffington Post

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Six Countries Where It's Illegal To Dance

Six Countries Where It's Illegal To Dance | Parental Responsibility | Scoop.it
In the wake of the news that Japan will finally lift its more-than-50-year ban on public dancing next year, we've compiled a brief anthology of other countries where dance is a crime.

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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, July 27, 9:34 AM

IF DANCING WAS ILLEGAL IN THE U.S. HOW HIGH WOULD THE JAIL/PRISON POPULATION BE IN SEVERE OVER POPULATIONS AND AT WHAT AGE DOES IT BEGAN EVEN THE CHILDREN  SOME AS YOUNG AS BABIES IN THEIR BABY WALKERS ARE DROPPIN IT LIKE IT HOT!  ALL COLORS GETTING THEIR DANCE ON  THINK THEY HAVE BABY JAILS ? IF YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN WAS RESTICTED FROM THEIR FREEDOM TO DANCE AND IF YOU OR THEY DID ,YOU 'LL BE SUBJECTED TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION WHAT WOULD YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN BE IN JAIL FOR GETTING YOUR DANCE ON ANY HOW?? 

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Hackney council buys £1.25 million country mansion to send troubled families on holiday

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A London council is spending  £1.25 million on a 19th-century Oxfordshire mansion so it can send warring families on holiday, the Standard can reveal.
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Husband ordered to hand over all assets to wife in divorce case

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How Osborne's new cuts breach the UK's human rights obligations

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Shocking letter from nuns to adoptive parents

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Child abduction law's backer has checkered background

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Baby girl found dead same day parents were going on 'Maury'

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Missing the signs: Nancy Cooper began to disappear long before she was declared missing (with video)

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Cary, North Carolina looked like the American dream. “A futuristic Pleasantville,” National Geographic called it once, a town of the young, affluent and educated, its streets lined with sprawling houses, SUVs and sports cars glinting in broad driveways. Cary boomed as North Carolina became a technology hub in the 1990s, swelling from 15,000 people in 1990 to over 40,000 a decade later. In 2001, more than 80 per cent of the population of Cary worked white collar jobs. Nearly 90 per cent of the households were comprised of married couples with children. Though there were growing pains, Cary made lists of the Six Hottest Towns in America, the Best Small Cities in America, and prided itself on being one of the United States’ safest communities. It was a place where neighbours regularly gathered for barbecues and cook outs, just as they did on the evening of July 11, 2008, couples eating and mingling while their children played on a warm summer evening.

 

Brad and Nancy Cooper and their two young daughters were at the party that night. It was the last time Nancy’s friends saw her alive..


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Nancy was sporty and fun-loving, a skilled ringette player and all-around athlete who grew out of geeky coke-bottle glasses into the kind of woman who lit up a room. She loved jewelry, art and fashion, and ran her own clothing store in addition to her IBM work.


Jessica Adam called 911 early on the afternoon of Saturday, July 12, 2008. She was almost breathless, panic swirling in her voice.

 

Nancy was supposed to be at her house at 8 a.m., but hadn’t showed up. Brad said Nancy went jogging with another friend but he was vague on the details, and it wasn’t like Nancy to miss plans.

 

“I don’t know what I should do,” she told the 911 operator. “Her husband and her are living together but they are in the middle of a divorce. And he is, um, …” The end of the sentence disappeared into a breath.


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The disappearance of an attractive 34-year-old housewife with a successful husband and two young daughters was the kind of case people noticed. Within days, the story was picked up by media around the United States and internationally.


Two days after Nancy was reported missing, a man walking his dog saw a body floating in stormwater in an undeveloped subdivision just outside the town of Cary, about five kilometres from the Coopers’ house.


Nancy had been strangled, choked so hard a bone in her neck broke. She wore only a tangled sports bra and one diamond earring. There were no signs of sexual assault. The man who called 911 said he noticed the body because of the vultures hanging around.


After Nancy’s body was found, many turned to Brad Cooper as the obvious suspect. 


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Teach Her That She's Worthy

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"Hi, Danny," said Micah. "I hear you've been spending a lot of time with my daughter." He looked at her intently. "You have to be very good to her, because she's very special." Tegan stood there for a moment, considering...

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Search continues, community hopes for safe return of Hoggle children - W*USA 9

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