There is a good deal of published material about “parental alienation” (PA). Unfortunately, when parents are confronted with allegations that they have made a child reject the other parent, it can be very hard for them to find the professional journals that publish this kind of material. The books that parents could find in the library or buy are almost all by PA proponents who try to support allegations that a parent has caused a child’s reluctance for contact with the other parent.
Well, TA-DA! The first book arguing against PA principles and practices is to come out on Dec. 3, 2021! Here is the reference info:
Mercer, J., & Drew, M. (Eds.) (2022). Challenging Parental Alienation. Milton Park, UK: Routledge.
I wish I could tell you the price, but I don’t know what it is; it’s the publishers that set this, not authors or editors. But, if it turns out to be too pricey for you, you could ask your public library to buy it.
Pre-publication orders can be placed at https://www.routledge.com/Challenging-Parental-Alienation-New-Directions-Professionals-and-Parents/Mercer-Drew/p/book/9780367559762
This edited book has chapters by a number of lawyers and of psychologists and others involved in the family courts. Especially notable is that chapters deal not only with PA in the United States, but with family court and domestic violence issues in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. And, we are proud that the book includes material written by a young woman who went through a PA treatment and by a mother who experienced psychotherapy based on PA assumptions.
Here is the Table of Contents, with authors’ names for each chapter:
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction to Parental Alienation Concepts and Practices
Jean Mercer and Margaret Drew
When a Child Avoids a Parent: Understanding the Problem
Chapter 2 History of the Parental Alienation Belief System
Julie Doughty and Margaret Drew
Chapter 3 The International Expansion of the Parental Alienation Belief System Through the
UK and Australian Experiences
Julie Doughty and Zoe Rathus
Chapter 4 Experiences of Parental Alienation Interventions
Adrienne Barnett, Arianna Riley, and “Katherine”
When a Child Avoids a Parent: Identifying and Treating Problems
Chapter 5 Evaluations for the Courts in Child Custody Cases: An Attorney’s Perspective
Chapter 6 Distinguishing Alienation from Child Abuse and Adverse Parenting
Chapter 7 Comparison of Parental Alienation Treatments and Evidence-Based Treatments for
Sarah Trane, Kelly Champion, and Steven Hupp
Chapter 8 Gender Credibility and Culture: The Impact on Women Accused of Alienation
Chapter 9 Developmental Changes in Children and Adolescents: Relevance for Parental
When a Child Avoids a Parent: Scientific and Legal Analyses
Chapter 10 Parental Alienation Concepts and the Law: An International Perspective
Chapter 11 Questioning the Scientific Validity of the Parental Alienation Labels in Abuse
Chapter 12 Parental Alienation, Science, and Pseudoscience
Chapter 13 Conclusion: Current Issues About Parental Alienation
Jean Mercer and Margaret Drew