Psychological Examinations in Lawsuits Involving Suspected Parental Alienation

Parental Alienation

Parental Alienation (PA) is a form of emotional abuse that may be present in court cases involving custody disputes. In this context, psychologists may be called to examination and preparation of psychological reports. The reports comprise the processual evidence and can assist the judges in their decision. The objectives of this study were: (1) to check the criteria and PA indicators considered by psychologists in examinations; (2) to investigate the assessment procedures adopted, (3) to assess the adequacy of psychological reports issued by professionals appointed by the judges based on guidelines of the Federal Council of Psychology (FCP); (4) to investigate whether there was agreement between conclusion of the psychological report and the court sentence on PA situation. To this end, a descriptive document analysis was conducted from eight psychological reports, involving ten children, who made up the sentenced processes or in progress with the PA theme. The results indicated…

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