Results and Discussion- Sue Whitcombe

Parental Alienation

The six emergent factors in the Q analysis  portrayed pictures of alienated parents at various stages of their journey. These are fully explored else- where (Whitcombe, 2016a) but included in brief here to aid discussion. The factors are:
 
 Narrative A
 – 
 moving on, reluctantly accepting the loss of a child despite ongoing fears for their child’s psychological  well-being
 
 Narrative B
 – 
 a confident, concerned parent, feeling powerless in a biased, abusive system
 
 Narrative C
 – 
 psychological distress, guilt and an uncertain future
 
 
 Narrative D
 – 
 a worried parent struggling to maintain a connection
Narrative E
 – 
 
optimistic, despite emotional distress and their child’s barriers
 
 
 Narrative F
 – 
 measured, yet hopeful, acceptance based on an under- standing of the process.
 
A great deal of consensus between the 54 participants in the study was evident from…

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