Parental Alienation… an Interview With Dr. Jennifer J. Harman

Jennifer J. Harman, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Colorado State University. I discovered Dr.  Harman when I watched her TEDx Talk about Parental Alienation. While watching, I was intrigued because, unlike many professionals, Dr. Harman didn’t focus solely on the diagnosis of parents and children. She talked broadly about the societal stereotypes and how our attitudes about mothers and fathers allow alienation to take hold. I was fascinated and wanted to know more.

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of interviewing Dr. Harman. She told me that Parental Alienation isn’t just a Family Issue, it’s a Gender Equality issue. We also talked about her research, her book and what all of this might mean for the future. You can take a look at our discussion here:

I’m so appreciative of the work Dr. Harman is doing. I love the idea of broadening the conversation to a point where it’s no longer so accusatory and personal. For those of us who stand around and point fingers at families affected by alienation, perhaps it’s time we realize we have 3 fingers pointing back at us. Maybe a mirror is the greatest tool for turning this trend around.

P.S. Parental Alienation Awareness Day is April 25. Please share Dr. Harman’s research as part of the conversation.

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