Parental Alienation vs Parental Estrangement

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What’s the difference between Parental Alienation and Parental Estrangement?

Parental Alienation: the child’s rejection of a parent without a good reason. This usually occurs in the context of high-conflict divorce. The child’s rejection of one parent is usually encouraged by the preferred parent.

Parental Estrangement: the child’s rejection of a parent for a good reason, such as a history of abuse, neglect, or very defective parenting.

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  1. Mary Jo Stiles 20 Settembre 2017 at 0:41 - Reply

    Great article, thank you for the clarification. My husband and I have been falsely accused parental alienation by our child’s perpetrator of neglect, abuse and extremely defective parenting as well as paternity fraud. It seems the waters become muddied very quickly when someone throws around accusations, playing the victim, when they’re actually deserving of the child’s indifferent attitude towards them.

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