When a Child Rejects a Parent: Working With the Intractable Resist/Refuse Dynamic.
Gans Walters, Marjorie. Friedlander, Steven.
Published: July 2016
Family Court Review
Vol. 54, No. 3 , p. 424 445
John Wiley & Sons
111 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
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. (Author abstract)
foster children; parental visits; parent child relationships; guidelines; family therapy; mental health services; INTERAGENCY COLLABORATION; SERVICE INTEGRATION; CONFLICT RESOLUTION; REJECTION