Parental Alienation– An Update 2015


Parental alienation continues to be a disputed concept among researchers, clinicians and legal experts.  I have updated my list of research articles on this topic (2010-2015).

For a thoughtful history of the study and controversies regarding parental alienation see:

Rand, D. C. (2011). Parental alienation critics and the politics of science. American Journal of Family Therapy, 39(1), 48-71. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01926187.2010.533085

Searching for Online Divorce Groups for Teens & Young Adults


In the next few months divorcescience.org will be trying to identify and examine online support groups for teens and young adults.  Our plan is to try to understand the more about how these work, their reach and their effectiveness.

Here is the first one on the list:  http://iamachildofdivorce.com/

Please send us links or comments about other groups like this.

Families On The Brink– Dr. Bill Doherty


For more about Doherty’s work with “families on the brink” see his Huffington Post interview.  Here are some other useful links to his work:

Paper describing the Program. 

Website — Minnesota Families on the Brink

Live on Huffington Post– Feb 7th, 9 pm EST


Just a quick note to let readers know that I will be appearing on Huffington Post Live with the Sesame Street staff and Abby Cadabby to talk about the new divorce materials created by Sesame Street.

Interesting Websites and Blogs


Not sure what to make of these sources, but there may be some useful material at these sites:

eHarmony Labs

The Thoughtful Parent

Child Therapy Chicago

The Intelligent Divorce

Coparenting After Divorce at Psychology Today

RAND studies on Marriage and Divorce

European Network for the Sociological and Demographic Study of Divorce 

Conceptualizing and Measuring “Healthy Marriage”
For Empirical Research and Evaluation Studies   Child Trends

New Resource for Parents and Children from Sesame Street


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Sesame Workshop has just released a new set of resources, called Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce to help parents to their young children (ages 2-8) about divorce issues.  There are both interesting online and hands-on materials.

This is part of a series of programs created by Sesame Workshop to focus on fostering resilience in young children.  This work was commissioned and supported by the US Defense Department to support military families.

The Divorce materials include:

  • A new Sesame Street DVD, featuring the Muppets and real families, that highlights strategies around expressing emotions and how to talk to children about divorce;
  • A Parent/Caregiver Guide providing helpful resources, language and advice for discussing divorce with children and helping them navigate changes;
  • A Children’s Storybook, Two-Hug Day, about a young boy named Niko who is transitioning between his parents’ two homes, and
  • An online toolkit at sesamestreet.org/divorce providing access to all project resources, as well as additional online-only materials:
    • An Extended Family & Friends tip sheet
    • Webinars and online discussion sessions giving service providers and families a thorough understanding of how to engage with their families and communities
    • A Facebook page called Sesame Street in Communities connecting our online community to Sesame’s resiliency messages and materials.
    • A mobile app: Sesame Street: Divorce, featuring resources and tools for parents and caregivers; available on the App Store (SM) and Google Play ™.

Thinking about Divorce– A Guide for Couples


Faculty at Utah State University have developed a thoughtful guide for exploring the idea of getting a divorce.  This is a very thoughtful guide that presents a realistic and practical perspective on marriage and divorce.  The guide addresses the complicated and devastating effects of abuse, addiction and infidelity.   The authors review the effects of divorce on children.

Included in the guide are helpful activities that encourage couples to think through the decisions about their marriage and directions to go for help.