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Navigating the Aftermath: Understanding Parental Alienation

Parental Alienation
Professor Ben Hine

In this thought-provoking podcast episode, we sit down with Dr. Ben Hine, an expert in the field of parental alienation. Dr. Hine’s unique journey from personal experience to professional expertise sheds light on this complex issue. Let’s delve into his insights and explore the impact of parental alienation on families.

1. The Unconventional Path

Dr. Ben Hine’s journey into the realm of parental alienation took an unconventional route. Unlike many psychologists who specialize in a specific area early on, Dr. Hine stumbled upon the term “parental alienation” only a few years ago. His background in researching domestic violence provided a solid foundation, but it was a pivotal study that changed everything.

2. The Eye-Opening Study

In 2020, Dr. Hine collaborated with his colleague, Liz Bates, to conduct a survey involving over 170 fathers. The focus? Men who had experienced issues related to their children being weaponized against them during family breakdowns. The shocking findings left Dr. Hine deeply distressed—an emotion he hadn’t encountered before while working with distressing data sets.

3. Personal Experience Meets Professional Understanding

Dr. Hine’s own experience intertwined with his professional journey. As he analyzed the survey data, he realized that what he had witnessed in his personal life aligned with the phenomenon of parental alienation. Suddenly, the pieces fell into place, and he embarked on a mission to raise awareness about this often overlooked issue.

4. Defining Parental Alienation

Parental alienation occurs when one parent deliberately undermines the child’s relationship with the other parent. Tactics may include spreading false narratives, limiting access, or poisoning the child’s perception. The consequences are profound: fractured family bonds, emotional trauma, and long-lasting effects on children’s well-being.

5. The Role of Awareness and Education

Dr. Hine emphasizes the need for awareness and education. Recognizing the signs of parental alienation early can prevent irreversible damage. Legal professionals, therapists, and parents must collaborate to address this silent epidemic. By understanding the dynamics, we can empower families to heal and rebuild.

6. Moving Forward

As we conclude this enlightening conversation, Dr. Hine leaves us with a call to action. Let’s break the silence surrounding parental alienation, support affected families, and advocate for change. Together, we can create a healthier environment for children caught in the aftermath of divorce and custody battles.

Remember, every voice matters. Let’s amplify awareness and foster healing.


  1. Dr. Ben Hine’s research on parental alienation. Source

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