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When a Child Rejects a Parent: Working With the Intractable Resist/Refuse Dynamic

When a Child Rejects a Parent: Working With the Intractable Resist/Refuse Dynamic A subgroup of intractable families, in which a child refuses postseparation contact with a parent, perplexes and frustrates professionals who work with them. This article discusses the underlying forces that drive the family's intractability, as well as guidelines for working with the family. The guidelines include specific court orders developed from the very beginning of the case that elaborate the court's stance about goals and expectations for the family, along with specialized individual and family therapies that are undertaken within a framework of planned collaboration with the court. The collaborative team of legal and mental health professionals works in an innovative and active way to structure, support, and monitor the family's progress in resolving the resist/refuse dynamic. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Family Court Review Wiley

When a Child Rejects a Parent: Working With the Intractable Resist/Refuse Dynamic

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
© 2016 Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
ISSN
1531-2445
eISSN
1744-1617
DOI
10.1111/fcre.12238
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Abstract

A subgroup of intractable families, in which a child refuses postseparation contact with a parent, perplexes and frustrates professionals who work with them. This article discusses the underlying forces that drive the family's intractability, as well as guidelines for working with the family. The guidelines include specific court orders developed from the very beginning of the case that elaborate the court's stance about goals and expectations for the family, along with specialized individual and family therapies that are undertaken within a framework of planned collaboration with the court. The collaborative team of legal and mental health professionals works in an innovative and active way to structure, support, and monitor the family's progress in resolving the resist/refuse dynamic.

Journal

Family Court ReviewWiley

Published: Jul 1, 2016

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