Parental Alienation Behaviors

  • Lisa M. Hooper
  • Luciano L’Abate
  • Laura G. Sweeney
  • Giovanna Gianesini
  • Peter J. Jankowski


Chapter 4 examines an often controversial topic, parental alienation behavior (or commonly described as parental alienation syndrome), and puts forward preliminary evidence for the relational and generational aspects of parental alienating behavior and its possible outcomes. Chapter 4 has four additional aims: (a) to summarize Gardner’s seminal contribution to the parental alienation literature, (b) to explicate recent definitions and characteristics of parental alienation syndrome, (c) to outline the controversies about parental alienation that have accumulated in the literature, and (d) to describe how both relational competence theory and deadly drama triangle can assist clinicians and researchers in understanding antecedents and outcomes of parental alienation behaviors, roles, and processes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa M. Hooper
    • 1
  • Luciano L’Abate
    • 2
  • Laura G. Sweeney
    • 3
  • Giovanna Gianesini
    • 4
  • Peter J. Jankowski
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Educational Studies in Psychology Research Methodology, and CounselingThe University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Nova Southeastern UniversityFt. LauderdaleUSA
  4. 4.Department of Applied PsychologyUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly
  5. 5.Department of PsychologyBethel UniversitySt PaulUSA

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