Conflicts in marital separations: psychopathological issues and risks to minors

Parental Alienation

This article examines the complex situations caused by ex-partners’ difficulties in “mentalizing” the distress of their separation and their tendency to “act it out” with interminable struggles which perpetuate destructive behaviours and which increase their own grief, as well as that of their children. The minors involved have a higher probability of emotional and behavioral maladjustment because they are involved in relationships which interfere in their psychic development (e.g. conflicts of loyalty, difficulties in the parent-child relationship, inversion of roles between parents and children), and in more serious cases, they are exposed to psychological abuse. Described here are the various forms of psychic hardships that the family separated by conflict may assume: described by some authors as downright “syndromes”, they represent the changing face of a pathological family dynamic of which each member plays his role and has his own good reasons for standing in the way of the dramatic…

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About madisonelizabethbaylis

Father of Kevin, Jenvey and Maddie. Being alienated from Maddie due to the fact that after her mother divorced me and remarried she cut me out of my daughter´s life. I then rekindled my relationship with the mother of my boys and since then Melissa is hell bend on allienating and abusing Maddie
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