Parental alienation is a significant legal and public health issue that disrupts many aspects of a child’s development and formation of a sense of self. It interferes with a child’s ability to form a secure attachment and therefore interferes with the child’s ability to form relationships for the rest of his or her life.
With one out of three parents in the US and Canada believing their child is alienating them and with headlines beginning to refer to parental alienation as a silent epidemic around the globe, it is past time for us to realize that it is not a problem that divorcing families can be expected to resolve on their own. This epidemic has societal causes and remedies that affect the well-being of us all. It has roots in the way we are taught to nurture our children through our marriage and family customs and extends to the laws we make to govern ourselves and the way they are enforced. Turning this epidemic around depends on educating everyone about what is now known about fit parenting, changing social values, what parental alienation is, and how to prevent it.
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