The term "parental alienation" first came into use among mental health professionals in the mid-1980s to describe the phenomenon of one parent brainwashing" children against the other parent following a divorce. Such parents blatantly and maliciously denigrate the targeted parent, whom the children eventually come to hate, fear, and even reject. Since then, the term has been used to describe not only these extreme cases but also the more subtle, less purposeful alienation that can occur in the wake of relatively civil divorces between even the most well-intentioned of parents.
Divorce Casualties helps parents recognize the often subtle causes of alienation and teaches them how to prevent or minimize its damaging effects. Dr. Darnall gives readers practical, specific techniques for recognizing and reversing the effects of alienation, including a self-report inventory to help parents assess their own alienating behavior and exercises to help them understand and modify it.
Divorce is a traumatic event for any child, but as long as kids continue to feel a close bond with both parents, they can avoid permanent emotional scars. This book provides the focus and the tools parents need to achieve this goal. --- from the publisher