Books, Articles, Videos, and Speeches by Dr. Richard A. Warshak
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Maladaptive efforts to adjust to marriage subsequent to divorce (or breakup, in the case of never-married parents) can provoke or exacerbate parental alienation syndrome. The remarried parent, the other parent, the stepparent, and the child each may contribute to the disturbance. Underlying dynamics include jealousy, narcissistic injury, desire for revenge, the wish to erase the ex-spouse from the child's life in order to "make room" for the stepparent, competitive feelings between the ex-spouse and stepparent, the new couple's attempt to unite around a common enemy and avoid recognition of conflicts in the marriage, the child's attempt to resolve inner conflict, and parent-child boundary violations. Dr. Warshak discusses these dynamics, illustrates them with case examples, and offers suggestions for treatment.