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Academic Articles

Parental Alienaion Academic Articles

Visit our research page, which lists the most recent and past academic articles on parental alienation from experts from around the world. There you will also find a link to the PASG Database at the bottom of the Academic articles page.

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Childhood Psychological Abuse as Harmful as Sexual or Physical Abuse

“Given the prevalence of childhood psychological abuse and the severity  of harm to young victims, it should be at the forefront of mental health  and social service training.”

~ Joseph Spinazzola,  PhD

Link to APA Article

Interviewing Children

Interviewing Children

Can a child be influenced by suggestive questioning from parents, interviewers or other individuals?

Yes. Anyone, especially a child, is susceptible to influence through coercive, suggestive, or even benign  questioning. An understanding of whether the questioning, interviews, interrogation or counseling of the child was unduly suggestive requires a highly nuanced inquiry into the atmosphere and demeanour surrounding verbal interactions  between the child and adults.  It must be determined whether the interviewing, questioning and counselling techniques used with the child were so suggestive that they had the capacity to substantially alter the child's recollections of events and thus compromise the reliability of the child's personal knowledge.

Child Interview Guide (PDF)

Children's suggestibility research: Things to know before interviewing a child

Ameila Courtney Hrits, Caisa Elizabeth Royer, Rebecca K. Helm, Kayla A. Burd, Karen Ojeda and Stephen J. Ceci.

Abstract: Children's testimony is often the only evidence of alleged abuse. Thus,  the importance of conducting forensic interviews that are free from bias  and misleading information is immense, as these could lead to false  reports. In the current paper, we review unexpected findings in  children's suggestibility that illustrate the difficulty in  distinguishing between false and accurate reports. We explore situations  in which a younger person's memory account may be more accurate than  that of an adult, when a single suggestive interview may be as  detrimental as multiple interviews, and when children can make  inaccurate reports spontaneously. We conclude with recommendations for  interviewers to decrease false reporting by both children and adults.

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Mousetrap Study

Truth and Consequence

At Cornell University, renowned psychologist Stephen Ceci studies the accuracy of children's courtroom testimony, particularly in cases alleging physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. "Truth and Consequence" is a short independent documentary that focuses on Professor Ceci's research and three court cases in which he testified as an expert witness.

Classical Conditioning

The Little Albert Experiment  was a controlled experiment showing empirical evidence of classical conditioning in humans. The study also provides an example of stimulus generalisation.

If a child can be taught to fear Santa Claus, then a child can be taught to fear a parent.

False Memories

Psychologist  Elizabeth Loftus studies memories. More precisely, she studies false memories, when people either remember things that didn't happen or  remember them differently from the way they really were. It's more common than you might think, and Loftus shares some startling stories and statistics, and raises some important ethical questions we should all remember to consider. TED Talk 


Watch Dr. Demosthenes Lorandos as an Expert Witness on "Suggestibility"
NBC TV - Accused Falsely

STILL Face Experiment

Using  the "Still Face" Experiment, in which a mother denies her baby  attention for a short period of time, Dr. Edward Tronick describes how prolonged  lack of attention can move an infant from good socialisation, to periods  of bad but repairable socialisation.  In "ugly" situations the child  does not receive any chance to return to the good, and may become stuck.

Australian Institute of Family Studies

Australian Institute of Family Studies

Parental Alienation database

The latest material added to the Australian Institute of Family Studies library database is displayed. Where available online, a link to the document is provided. Many items can be borrowed from the Institute's library via the Interlibrary loan system.

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Child Abuse and Neglect

What is child abuse and neglect?

Child maltreatment refers to any non-accidental behaviour by parents,  caregivers, other adults or older adolescents that is outside the norms  of conduct and entails a substantial risk of causing physical or  emotional harm to a child or young person.

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Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous  impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong  health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. 

The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and later-life health and well-being.

CDC-Kaiser (Ace) Study

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up.  Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of  abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance  abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.  This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve  experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart  disease and lung cancer.



Children of Parents with Mental Illness (COPMI)

This series of videos were created for young people (from 10 years and above) who have a  parent who experiences a mental illness.

  • What is Mental Illness?
  • What is a Personality Disorder?
  • What is Depression?
  • What is Psychosis?
  • What is Anxiety?
  • What is BiPolar?
  • What are Eating Disorders?
  • Getting Better
  • Looking After You

The link will take you to COPMI website



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