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Alienation and Alignment of Children
Alienation and alignment of children

Prior to 1970, it was rare that parents disputed custody of their children. Beginning in the early 1970s, parents began litigating over child custody as a result of changes in societal factors and custody laws. In a divorce study group meeting of the American Orthopsychiatric Association in 1984, participants noted a rise in sexual abuse allegations within the context of divorce. Following that meeting, a number of researchers began to look at the question of sexual abuse allegations in divorce, with the first articles on sexual abuse allegations in divorce being written in the mid-1980s. (For more on that subject, see Chapter 3.)

In 1987, Dr. Richard Gardner, a psychiatrist in New Jersey who had previously written extensively ...

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