Masters Thesis

Parental alienation: from adult retrospective recall to current parents and parent partners

This qualitative research study focused on adult recall of experiencing parental alienation behaviors as a child and asked participants to report on whether they have committed parental alienating behaviors as a parent or experienced parental alienating behaviors from their parent partner in relation to their own child(ren). This research study indicated parental alienation behaviors are being experienced in childhood, as a parent and with parent partners in varying levels. There was a significant relationship between those who experienced alienating behaviors as a child and who have experienced it with their parent partner(s). There was not a significant relationship between experiencing alienating behaviors as child and being a parent who commits alienating behaviors towards their child(ren). There was a correlation between age, education level, committing alienating behaviors and other parent partner committing alienating behaviors.