"A social and cultural lens to better understand this devastating problem that affects millions of families...I strongly recommend this book..."

“At last, Harman and Biringen have taken a social and cultural lens to better understand this devastating problem that affects millions of families. The examples they provide throughout the book, taken from in-depth interviews with parents from around the world, serve to illustrate the traumatic grief and struggles that I see every day in my practice working with parents who are alienated from their children. The authors provide an excellent analysis of not only the clinical implications of parental alienation on children, but the effects on the parents, extended families, and their entire social networks.  Parental alienation isolates children within one part of the family system and does not give children a chance to continue their relationships with the family as a whole. They also provide substantial support for why effective interventions addressing parental alienation need to work closely with social institutions (e.g., judicial systems), and how each and every one of us can do something to fix this problem. The book makes us think twice about whether a parent has abandoned his or her children or if that parent has been locked out of the children’s lives after divorce. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is a parent, knows a parent, or works with parents who are dealing with another who is distancing them from their children.”

Kathleen Reay, PhD., Founder and Director of the Family Reflections Reunification Program, Inc. and the International Institute for Parental Alienation Studies (IIPAS), Author of Toxic Divorce: a Workbook for Alienated Parents

"An engaging, provocative, and research-based book, with new answers and solutions..."

“After interviewing mothers and fathers from around the world, Harman and Biringen provide compelling new answers and solutions to a REAL social problem facing millions of families worldwide – parental alienation. They reframe parental alienation as a social and cultural problem, and help us recognize that we are all responsible for its prevalence and solutions. For anyone who is a member of a family – intact, divorced, or blended – I highly recommend this book!"

Dr. Terri Orbuch, author of 5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage From Good to Great, Professor at Oakland University, Research Professor at University of Michigan, therapist, and The Love Doctor®