Adult Victims Of Parental Alienation

Victimized Children Suffer Throughout Their Lives

How difficult are the lives of adult victims of parental alienation? Research reveals the depth and extent  of cruelty inflicted on children by the alienator parent.  In their psychotic campaign to degrade and denigrate the targeted parent the alienator inflicts damage from which the child may never recover. It seems so ironic that the parent who was so intent on being perceived as the "good parent"  actually is guilty of criminal child abuse as damaging as the physical or sexual abuse so often  handled by family courts.  It is just less visible. Parental alienation  is like a mythical creature that consumes children's souls.

In 2012 Dr. Naomi Ben-Ami of Yeshiva University in New York conducted a research study on 118 adult victims of parental alienation.  She compared results between the victims of parental alienation with those unaffected by this dynamic. The results were published in The American Journal of Family Therapy.  Dr. Ben-Ami assessed the participants' social and psychological health and their ability  to live relatively happy and productive lives.  She investigated marital status, achievement, depression, trust, guilt, anger, self perception, and their overall "sense of self."

Dr. Ben-Ami concluded that the alienated participants demonstrated substantially lower levels of achievement.  They had statistically relevant lower numbers of college degrees, less college enrollment, higher levels of unemployment, and lower income.  They suffered from difficulties with personal relationships, lower self-esteem, and attachment disorders.  They demonstrated higher levels of anger, guilt, and depression.

Are you an adult who was a victim of Parental Alienation?  Please  share your experience and thoughts-- they could be of tremendous value to others, both adults and children.

Because alienator parents are driven by an overwhelming  pathological narcissism they probably would be in different to Ben-Ami's research. However, if the data were more available to psychological and legal experts perhaps there would be more concern among professionals when alienation issues arise during toxic divorces.  As Ben-Ami wrote "Ideally, the trajectory can be interrupted successfully to allow children to maintain healthy relationships with both parents, to be loved by them and loving with them.”


Table of Contents

Alienator Personality Types And Parental Alienation
Alienator Personality Types Perpetrate Parental Alienation
Personality Disorders And Parental Alienation
Personality Disorders Play A Significant Role In Parent Alienation
Convergent Emotional Disorders
The convergence Of Emotional Disorders Can Be The Key To Parental Alienation
Family Dynamics' Significance In Alienation
Family Dynamics And Individual Personalities Are Significant Factors In Parental Alienation
Child Advocacy Is Failing Families Battling Against Parental Alienation
Child Advocacy is Is Failing Families Battling Against Parental Alienation
Therapeutic Intervention In Parental Alienation
Early Therapeutic Intervention May Prevent Parent Alienation
Parental Alienation Destroyed My Family
A Carefully Executed Plan Of Parental Alienation Destroyed My Family
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