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Hidden in Plain Sight: How Parental Alienation Researchers Published False Claims in the Guise of “Transparency”  

Author:  Leora N. Rosen.; Chris S. O’Sullivan.

Source: Volume 15, Number 04, Spring 2023 , pp.9-29(21)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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In this article, authors Leora Rosen and Chris O’Sullivan, two experienced DV researchers, provide a detailed chronology of developments that unfolded after the publication of their landmark study, “Child custody outcomes in cases involving parental alienation and abuse allegations,” on family court case outcomes involving abuse and/or parental alienation allegations. That research provided persuasive proof of what protective parents had been reporting for years—that when their good-faith abuse allegations are met by a counter allegation of parental alienation, they are more likely to face unjust family court judgments, including custody loss. Given their indictment of the PA construct, unsurprisingly, the Meier team’s findings were met by a backlash from parental alienation proponents. In their published article, Jennifer Harman and Demosthenes Lorandos accused the Meier research team of research improprieties and unethical practices. This article provides the context for these developments, offering evidence against the allegations of Harman and Lorandos and in support of the legitimacy of the Meier et al. research.

Keywords: Custody Litigation; Parental Alienation Controversy; Family Court Outcomes Study

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