Parental alienation has the potential to do serious harm to your child well into their adult years. The best way to prevent this damage is by catching signs of parental alienation as soon as you can.
Some signs manifest similarly in most cases of parental alienation, despite other differences. If you notices these initial signs, you may be able to narrow in on smaller ones, too.
Aversion to the alienated parent
The Psychiatric Times discusses how parental alienation may begin to manifest. The first sign most parents notice involves the way your child interacts with you directly. In specific, parental alienation will drive a child away from you. They will likely show huge resistance to spending time with you. They may suddenly take issue with just about everything you do.
At the same time, when questioned, they cannot give a good answer as to why they suddenly have this aversion. Many children will also vehemently deny the possibility of the alienating parent’s involvement in this sudden change.
Your child’s behavior
After you notice this biggest red flag, you can focus on your child’s behavior. Parental alienation is a form of child psychological abuse. As such, it leaves a scarring impact on the victim. Emotional and behavioral disturbances often begin to surface fairly early on. Some children manifest it inwardly. They may grow sullen and despondent. They could lose interest in things they previously enjoyed. Many detach from peers and struggle to connect with others.
Children who manifest their struggles outwardly often grow angry and easy to irritate. They may snap and lash out at others, including loved ones and friends. They also struggle to connect with peers and may spurn authority figures.
If you notice any of these signs, consider contacting a legal expert. They can help you walk through the ways you can handle the situation.