What’s What Wednesday: Parental Alienation
Parental Alienation Awareness Day- April 25
During the month of April, “Child Abuse Awareness Month”, we celebrate as well the Parental Alienation Awareness Day- APRIL 25. Kruk E., PhD (2013), defined parental alienation as “programming” of a child by one parent to denigrate the other “targeted” parent, in an effort to undermine and interfere with the child’s relationship with that parent. In most cases, parental alienation occurs during custody battles or divorced couples.
Parental alienation, often results on the child losing his/her relationship with the targeted/alienated parent, which may have emotional effects on children such as low self esteem, self hatred, lack of trust, depression and substance abuse. Parental alienation affects the children’s capacity to give and accept love from a parent, leads them to believe that the alienated parent did not love or want them and in addition, children may experience severe guilt related to betraying the alienated parent.
Every child has the right and need for a loving relationship with both parents, and to be denied that right by one parent, without sufficient justification such as abuse or neglect, is in itself a form of child abuse. (Kruk, 2013)
For more information on Parental Alienation, please visit the Parental Alienation Awareness Organization at www.paawareness.org or call Sunshine State Counseling Center at (239)495-7722 for a free phone consultation with one of our Licensed Clinical Social Workers.