Parental Alienation Syndrome: A Systemic Perspective in South Africa Research Proposal by Nicky

A look at a research proposal about parental alienation syndrome.
# 150274 | 5,595 words | 17 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 30, 2012 in Child, Youth Issues (Effects of Divorce) , Psychology (General)

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This paper presents an extensive, in-depth research proposal about parental alienation syndrome, which occurs in divorced households when one parent purposely attempts to alienate a child from the other parent. The paper further examines the consequences of the child caught in the situation of no longer having a healthy relationship with one parent. Various scholars are cited who have researched this area and their works are noted. Additionally, the paper states that its purpose is to provide a systemic analysis of the current dynamics of divorces in South Africa and how these affect the children of these failed marriages. The paper meticulously outlines how the study is to be conducted, including a discussion of its methodology, rationale and scope. Various statistics are illustrated through charts, tables and graphs. The paper concludes by stating that the adverse effects that parental alienation syndrome can have on the minor children of a divorced couple are profound and long-lasting, even extending over the course of the entire life-span.


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From the Paper:

"During the 1980s, a grassroots movement emerged among fathers whose children were being used as virtual weapons in divorce proceedings for purposes of vindictiveness, leverage, or even extortion. According to Carbone (2000), fathers' advocacy groups also co-opted the reference to "parental alienation syndrome" to describe their plight in gaining equitable access to their children following a hotly contested divorce. These fathers maintained that many mothers, angry as a result of the emotional conflicts that produced the divorce, poisoned their children's relationships with their fathers and interfered with the father's efforts to maintain a meaningful relationship with their children. As a result, Carbone emphasizes that, "Custody and visitation fights had replaced fault-based accusations as the new divorce battleground" (p. 184). Whether these trends were a result of a more enlightened group of fathers or the result of an increasingly litigious society, the fact remains that these early efforts have spawned new interest in identifying what course of action is best for the interests of the children involved rather than a rubber-stamp approach to divorce that automatically awards custody of minor children to the mother and all of the expenses of the relationship to the father."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Andre, K. C. (2004). Parent alienation syndrome. Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association, 7(4), 7-9.
  • Baker, A.J.L. (2007). Knowledge and attitudes about the parental alienation syndrome: A survey of custody evaluators. American Journal of Family Therapy, 35(1), 1-20.
  • Baker, A. J.L. & Andre, K. (2008). Working with alienated children & their targeted parents: Suggestions for sound practices for mental health professionals. Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association, 11(2), 10-12.
  • Carbone, J. (2000). From partners to parents: The second revolution in family law. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Chambers, D. L. (2000). Civilizing the natives: Marriage in post-apartheid South Africa. Daedalus, 129(4), 101.

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