Maternal Alienation

27 Jun


Australian researcher, Anne Morris, originated the concept of maternal alienation (MA) during her research with women survivors of domestic violence and abuse (DVA) and mothers of child sex abuse (CSA). Morris defined this as the phenomenon of children being alienated from their mothers, within a context of DVA, through the deliberate use of tactics such as mother-blaming (Morris 1999). Morris’s research shows that maternal alienation is used as a strategy of abuse across a continuum of violence and abuse, which includes child sexual abuse, and domestic violence. It is a form of emotional and psychological abuse that is used in conjunction with coercive control and other types of abuse to maintain power over women and children. Morris draws attention to research that highlights how the tactics used by child sex offenders to entrap their victims and enforce secrecy show that their strongest target is to break the mother-child relationship (e.g…

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