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.