Drs. Janet Johnston and Matthew Sullivan just published “Parental Alienation: In Search of Common Ground for a more Differentiated Theory” in the April 2020 Special Issue of the Family Court Review.

This paper:

1. discusses the broader historical socio-cultural-legal context and advocacy movements that have given rise to the PA phenomenon and highly polarized controversy that surrounds it.

2. critiques the common or popularized conception of PA called here the Single Factor model of PA.

3. describes and critiques Multi-Factor models of a child’s alienation
Proposes intervention-focused-prediction models as common ground for comparing outcomes of different interventions/treatment.

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