Going through a tough divorce likely put a lot of strain on you and your child, especially if parental alienation got thrown into the mix. But did you know that the difficulties faced during this time can continue to impact your child well into adulthood?
Specifically, parental alienation can still have a lasting mark on your adult child even to this day. Unfortunately, more studies have backed this up as well in recent years, showing that this is a continuous problem and not just a fluke.
Parental alienation as a form of abuse
The Psychiatric Times discusses the deep impact parental alienation can have on your child well into the adult years. First, you must understand that many courts classify parental alienation as a form of child psychological abuse for the specific reason that manipulative and abusive tactics often end up used in the process of trying to “win”. This means your child who underwent parental alienation also suffered from abuse.
Long term impacts of childhood abuse
Gaslighting, manipulation and other common tactics have historically left victims struggling with problems trusting others and difficulty making and keeping connections with peers. Your child may also struggle with this, even as an adult.
Abuse victims also have a higher rate of depression, anxiety, trauma and stressor-related disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder. On top of that, they also tend to struggle more with abusive relationships in the future, along with codependency problems or addictions to drugs, alcohol or gambling.
If you notice your child suffering from these issues, the sad truth is that it might be a latent and lasting result of the abuse they underwent due to parental alienation during a divorce.