FATHERS’ EXPERIENCE AND PERCEPTIONS OF PARENT ALIENATION IN HIGH-CONFLICT DIVORCE

  • Elsabé Bosch-Brits Potchefstroom
  • Cornelia Wessels North West University
  • Adri Roux North West University

Abstract

This research focuses on providing social workers with a deeper insight into fathers’ experience and perceptions of parent alienation in instances of high-conflict divorce. An exploratory and interpretative research design was used in this qualitative study. Data were collected by means of in-depth interviews with each participant individually as well as by field notes made by the researcher. It was clear from the research that fathers experience parent alienation as traumatic or negative at several levels of functioning. Parent alienation is a reality and the necessity for further research on this phenomenon was clearly evident.

Author Biographies

Elsabé Bosch-Brits, Potchefstroom
social worker in private practice
Cornelia Wessels, North West University
School of Psychosocial Behavioural Sciences, Social Work Division
Adri Roux, North West University
School of Psychosocial Behavioural Sciences, Social Work Division
Published
2018-04-11
Section
Articles