HDR Final Thesis Seminar: Stanley Korosi - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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HDR Final Thesis Seminar: Stanley Korosi

​We would like to invite you to attend the Final Thesis Presentation of Stanley Korosi, a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in the School of Law and Society.

Thesis Title: 

Am I Still A Parent?": A Mixed Methods Exploration Of Parental Alienation, Social Alienation And Stigma Consciousness In Australia.


The study addresses a largely unrecognised dimension of parental alienation, namely the social impacts on the parent rejected by their child. Parental alienation is typically understood as a form of child psychological abuse and family violence. It occurs when a favoured-alienating parent manipulates and coerces their children to use irrational and unfounded reasons to reject their other, targeted-alienated parent. Parental alienation harms alienated children, and silences, stigmatises and marginalises parents whose children have rejected them.

The existing literature formulates parental alienation as a child psychological abuse or a mental health condition in alienated children. There has been little research into how the targeted-alienated parent experiences parental alienation. The available research focuses on the psychological and emotional impacts of parental alienation with little consideration given to the power relations in the family and the social factors influencing the family relationships and behaviours. The study addresses this with a critical realist and social constructionist methodology using a mixed-methods design. The research methods include a survey of targeted-alienated parents and in-depth interviews that invite participants consideration of sociological concepts for describing their experiences and researcher reflectivity. A social justice orientation to the research leads to an enquiry into the social dimensions of targeted-alienated parents' lived experiences using social alienation and stigma consciousness.

A critical theory interpretation of the research results suggests that parental alienation is a discursive process where the favoured-alienating parent manipulates social identities and power relations. In conjunction with social institutions such as Family Law, alienating parenting is normalised, which "unparents"  the targeted-alienated parent by stigmatising them and annihilating their parenting identity. The study concludes by proposing that parental alienation is an alienating power discourse that is oppressive and unjust to targeted-alienated parents and their children. It is a social issue requiring socio-cultural de-alienation.

We look forward to seeing you there!