This type of alienation is one of the worst types of abuse that can be levied against a parent, and most importantly against a child.
Study after study reports that children do better when they have frequent contact with both parents.
Some of the negative impacts to children that grow up being alienated from a parent as reported by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Census Bureau:
- 63 percent of teen suicides,
- 70 percent of juveniles in state-operated institutions,
- 71 percent of high school dropouts,
- 75 percent of children in chemical abuse centers,
- 85 percent of those in prison,
- 85 percent of children who exhibit behavioral disorders
- And 90 percent of homeless and runaway children.
Duhaime’s Law Dictionary defines Parental Alienation as “a form of emotional abuse where a custodial parent belittles or vilifies the other parent to the child.”
In laymen’s terms, if you are always putting down the other parent you are committing parental alienation because your child sees him/herself in your comments (he/she is 50:50 you and your ex).