About the project
Parental alienation refers to the distancing of one parent from a child or children in the family, engineered by the other parent. We have co-authored a book together on this topic and are currently working on three separate polls to understand the prevalence of the problem, including potentially its links with parent suicidality. Dr. Zeynep Biringen’s major areas are observed parent-child relationships and attachment. She is interested in this topic because such a family dynamic can harm children and hurt attachments. Our labs have joined in this area and we have numerous projects for students, including interviews with alienated parents. We are conducting research on parental alienation (a form of family violence) and have a rich database involving interviews with mothers/fathers who have been targeted. Students can work with these interviews to investigate issues of trauma and hostility in the family system and its effects on child development.
We are also involved with research in the area of ‘parental alienation’ in collaboration with Professor Jennifer Harman in our Department of Psychology.
- Zeynep Biringen, Ph.D., Professor, Colorado State University & Colorado School of Public Health
- Jennifer Harman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Colorado State University Department of Psychology
- Samantha Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Colorado State University School of Social Work
- Edward Kruk, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Work, University of British Columbia
- Many Matthewson, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Tasmania
- Kelly Tzoumis, Ph.D., Professor, Public Policy Studies, DePaul University
- Vittorio Carlos Vezzetti, Pediatrician, ATS Insubria
Example publications on this topic; publications with undergraduate and graduate students are shown with an asterisk *
Harman, J.J. & Biringen, Z. (January, 2016). Parents Acting Badly: How institutions and societies promote the alienation of children from their loving families. Fort Collins, CO: Colorado Parental Alienation Project. Available on amazon.com.
Harman, J.J., Leder-Elder, S., & Biringen, Z. (2016). Prevalence of Parental Alienation Drawn from a Representative Poll. Children & Youth Services, 66, 62-66.
Harman, J. J., Biringen, Z., Ratajack, E. M.*, Outland, P.*, & Kraus, A.* (2016). Parents behaving badly: Gender biases in the perception of parental alienation. Journal of Family Psychology. Advance online publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000232
Smith, A.*, Kraus, A.*, Biringen, Z. & Harman, J. (2019). Parenting time and child coping: The context of parental alienation. Family Science Review.