Parentel Alienation is Child Abuse (With Dr Jennifer Harman)

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In this episode, we are speaking to Dr Jennifer Jill Harman, who is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Colorado State University. Before that, she also served as a family and substance abuse counsellor for serval year. Dr. Harman's areas of research expertise focus on the topic of power in relationships: power in how intimate partners influence each other for good or bad.

As an applied social psychologist, her work has applied social psychological theories on intimate relationships to the study of public health problems ranging from STI prevention to domestic violence. For nearly the last decade, her primary focus has been on the study of parental alienation.

Dr. Harman is an accomplished and awarded teacher, and has published many peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has presented her research regularly at scientific conferences around the world. She has also co-authored numerous books such as The Science of Relationships: Answers to your Questions about Dating, Marriage and Family and Parents Acting Badly: How Institutions and Society Promote the Alienation of Children from their Loving Families.

Dr. Harman is a mother of two amazing boys, and a step-mother in a blended family of 7. Topics covered in this episode include: The current state of research when it comes to parental alienation, how to help someone who is going through it, and many other topics.

Dr Harman's Videos:

Dr Harman's research papers:

  • Harman, J. J., & Lorandos, D. (2020). Allegations of family violence in court: How parental alienation affects judicial outcomes. Psychology, Public Policy, & Law. 10.1037/law0000301
  • Harman, J. J., Lorandos, D., Biringen, Z., & Grubb, C. (2019). Gender differences in the use of parental alienating behaviors. Journal of Family Violence, 35, 459-469.
  • Harman, J. J., Leder-Elder, S., & Biringen, Z. (2019). Prevalence of adults who are the targets of parental alienating behaviors and their impact: Results from three national polls. Child & Youth Services Review, 106, 1-13. Doi:
  • Harman, J. J., Bernet, W., & Harman, J. (2019). Parental alienation: The blossoming of a field of study. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 1-6.
  • Smith, A. D., Biringen, Z., & Harman, J. J. (2018). Parenting time and child coping: The context of parental alienation. Family Science Review, 23, 118-140.
  • Harman, J. J., Kruk, E., & Hines, D. (2018). Parental alienating behaviors: An unacknowledged form of family violence. Psychological Bulletin, 144, 1275-1299.
  • Harman, J. J., Biringen, Z., Ratajck, E. M., Outland, P. L., & Kraus, A. (2016). Parents behaving badly: Gender biases in the perception of parental alienation. Journal of Family Psychology, Advance online publication.
  • Harman, J. J., Leder-Elder, S. & Biringen, Z. (2016). Prevalence of parental alienation drawn from a representative poll. Children & Youth Services Review, 66, 62-66. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.04.021

Dr Harman's Books:

Parents Acting Badly: How Institutions and Societies Promote the Alienation of Children from their Loving Families and Parental Alienation: Science & Law.

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