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Parental Alienation: A Form of Father & Child Abuse

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Friday, February 9th @ 6:30pm
SFU Harbour Centre (Room 2270, 2nd Floor)
515 West Hastings St.
Limited Seating
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Definition of Parental Alienation [from Wikipedia]:
Parental alienation is the process, and the result, of psychological manipulation of a child into showing unwarranted fear, disrespect or hostility towards a parent and/or other family members. It is a distinctive form of psychological abuse and family violence, towards both the child and the rejected family members, that occurs almost exclusively in association with family separation or divorce, particularly where legal action is involved.


Dr. Kruk will present his recent research on parental alienation from the perspective of alienated parents, and connect that to existing research on parental alienation as a form of domestic violence, as well as existing research on parental alienation as a form of emotional abuse of children. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of implications for child and family policy and practice.


Edward Kruk is Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of British Columbia, specializing in child and family policy. As a child and family social worker in Canada and the U.K., he has practiced in the fields of welfare rights, child protection, school social work, hospital social work, and family services. He is currently teaching and practicing in the areas of family mediation and addiction.

Edward's first book, Divorce and Disengagement: Patterns of Fatherhood Within and Beyond Marriage, was the first in-depth study of the experiences of divorced fathers and the phenomenon of father absence after divorce. His second book, Mediation and Conflict Resolution in Social Work and the Human Services, explores the application of mediation in eighteen fields of practice, with a focus on theory and practice relevant to each field. His third book, Divorced Fathers: Children's Needs and Parental Responsibilities, examines fathers' perceptions of their children's needs in the divorce transition, and parental and social institutional responsibilities to those needs. His new book, The Equal Parent Presumption: Social Justice in the Legal Determination of Parenting After Divorce, based on emergent trends of egalitarian parenting and non-adversarial conflict resolution, outlines a "best interests of the child from the perspective of the child" and a responsibility-to-needs approach to post-divorce child and family policy.

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