Parental Alienation Awareness Day is 12th October #PAADay
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“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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This series of videos were created for young people (from 10 years and above) who have a parent who experiences a mental illness.
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