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What is parental alienation and is it happening to my child? Follow this link to see Karen Woodall's video about Parental Alienation
Sue Whitcombe has carried out research on Parental Alienation. She is based at Teesside university. Many of you have contributed to her research.
Click here for Sue Whitcombe's article in The Psychologist.
Letter from Sue Whitcombe giving an update on her research. July 2013 click here
As you can see from the links below, we are working hard to raise the issue of parental alienation as it is something many of the non-resident parents ( mums and dads) we help are experiencing in their children.
Most normal lone parents will occasionally say bad things about the absent parent.
So if as a dad, your child tells you something like "mummy says you are a bad man" just ask the child quietly "do you think I am a bad man?" And when the child thinks about it and says "No", just say "Mummy didn't really mean it."
However if every time you see your child, the child tells you more things that are unpleasant about you that mummy is telling him/her; or if your child starts to behave differently with you, and especially if your child's behaviour alters significantly towards you within hours of returning to mummy; the child could well be undergoing systematic parental alienation by the other parent.