Symptom Checklist-90-Revised Scores in Adult Children Exposed to Alienating Behaviors: An Italian Sample

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Symptom Checklist-90-Revised Scores inAdult Children Exposed to Alienating Behaviors: An Italian Sample

A cura di: William Bernet, M.D.; Amy J. L. Baker, Ph.D.; and Maria C. Verrocchio, Psy.D.

ABSTRACT: This study addresses a particular form of child psychological maltreatment, exposing a child to alienating behaviors in the context of a high degree of conflict between the parents. The objective of this research was to identify retrospectively the alienating behaviors that occurred in an Italian sample of children and the reported associated psychosocial symptoms. Seven hundred and thirty-nine adults in Chieti, Italy, completed an anonymous and confidential survey regarding their childhood exposure to parental alienating behaviors and measures of current symptomatology. About 75% of the sample reported some exposure to parental alienating behaviors; 15% of the sample endorsed the item, “tried to turn me against the other parent.” The results revealed strong and statistically significant associations between reported exposure to parental alienating behaviors and reports of current symptomatology.

KEYWORDS: forensic science, child psychological maltreatment, symptom checklist-90-revised, baker strategy questionnaire, alienating behaviors, loyalty conflicts, parental alienation