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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Effects of past parental alienation and ongoing estrangement from adult children on non-custodial parents as they age
by Taylor-Potter, Sheila, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 77; 1585526
Abstract (Summary)

This study was designed to explore how the experience of past parental alienation and current estrangement from adult child(ren) affected aging alienated parents particularly in the domains of depression and life satisfaction. This study also explored the link between past parental alienation and late-life estrangement from adult child(ren). The sample of 65 participants responded to an online survey after responding to a recruitment flyer posted on Craig's List.

The results showed mild to moderate levels of depression and moderate dissatisfaction with life among the study participants. Higher levels of parental alienation were significantly associated with higher levels of depression and greater dissatisfaction with life. Participants also overwhelmingly reported that past parental alienation had contributed to their current estrangement from their adult child(ren).

Further research is needed on the impact of parental alienation on the well-being of aging parents.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ranney, Molly
Commitee: Brocato, Jo, Potts, Marilyn
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Mental health, Social work, Aging, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Aging, Depression, Health and suicide risks, Late-life estrangement, Parental alienation, Satisfaction with life
Publication Number: 1585526
ISBN: 978-1-321-62904-0
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