Family breakdown, mental health and parental alienation

Parental Alienating Behaviours (PABs) are the actions taken when one parent tries to harm the relationship between their child and the other parent. This problem is gaining increasing awareness amongst a variety of professionals. To understand it better, we conducted a large survey of over 1,000 separated and/or divorced parents to see how common PABs are and how they impact families.

We found that when asked directly, about 39.2% of people said they had experienced PABs. However, when we measured this using specific examples of behaviours, up to 59.1% seemed to have faced PABs. This difference shows that PABs can be hard to identify just by asking people about them, but that they are widespread.

We also found that those affected by PABs show greater signs of serious mental stress, like PTSD symptoms, depression, and thoughts of suicide. The way we identify PABs can change these effects, making it crucial to have a full understanding. Participants experiencing PABs also talked about facing more domestic violence, which reflects recent studies from the U.S. and Canada.

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Family breakdown, mental health and parental alienation

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