EMMM considers that the minimum key areas of expertise required of a single expert include:
Note: 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.
Parental alienation cases are counterintuitive and can externally look very similar. Identifying and presenting a case to the family court is not a one size fits all.
Visit our RESEARCH page, which lists the most recent and past academic articles on parental alienation by experts from around the world. We regularly update our website with the latest research.
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 counselling of the child was unduly suggestive requires a highly nuanced inquiry into the atmosphere and demeanour surrounding verbal interactions between the child and adults.
By Demosthenes Lorandos and William Bernet.
By Janet Haines, Mandy Matthewson and Marcus Turnball
By Ashish S Joshi
American Bar Association
By Amy JL Baker, Paul R Fine and Alianna Lacheen-Baker
Rowman & Littlefield
By Stanley Clawar & Brynne Rivlin
A large bibliography regarding parental alienation has been jointly developed by PASG and the Eskind Biomedical Library of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Access the Parental Alienation Database at https://ckm.vumc.org/pasg.
Videos about Parental Alienation, written by members of the Parental Alienation Study Group, and produced by The Law Center. https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkj28_4yhpqYjg9j2aY-y1x7j7ZY44T61
A list of extensive resources
Many PASG members are faculty members of universities in the United States and other countries. They have engaged in extensive clinical work and research regarding parental alienation. As a group, they have published hundreds of scholarly papers, book chapters, and books, some of which are listed here. The inclusion of any book on this website does not confer approval of the book or its author by the PASG Board of Directors. https://pasg.info/books/
Together with the National Coalition Against Parental Alienation (NCAPA), the Parental Alienation Study Group offers two online courses regarding parental alienation – at no cost to the participants. Access the online courses at http://ncapa.thinkific.com/.
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.
Watch Dr. Demosthenes Lorandos as an Expert Witness on "Suggestibility"
NBC TV - Accused Falsely
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.
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.
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity.
The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect.
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Paediatrician 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.
Testimony: Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff
Dr. Shonkoff testified about both the trauma that such a forcible separation can cause, as well as the long-term effects of toxic stress that continue to compound until separated children and their parents or caregivers are reunited.
"From a scientific perspective, the forcible separation of children from their parents is like setting a house on fire. Prolonging that separation is like preventing the first responders from doing their job." - Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D.
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.
A critical issue faced by researchers working in the area of child maltreatment concerns the definition of child maltreatment.
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.
An important international convention, agreed to by the nations of the world. Of itself, it has little legal weight, but its contents have been incorporated, to varying degrees, into the laws of individual countries.
This series of videos were created for young people (from 10 years and above) who have a parent who experiences a mental illness.
Five Factor Model for Parental Alienation
Citation: Parental Alienation - Science and Law. Demosthenes Lorandos and William Bernet (2020)
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Parental Alienating Behaviours
are Child Abuse & Family Violence.
This serious form of abuse and family violence can no longer be ignored. Parental alienating behaviours must be acknowledged in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. We need legislation that not only acknowledges its existence but firmly and clearly legislates against it.