Poll fund for Parental alienation

$2,520 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 36 people in 39 months
We are raising funds to pay for a nationwide, representative poll of adults in the United States to assess the prevalence of parental alienating behaviors and parental alienation. This problem involves one parent saying or doing things to damage, destroy, or sever the relationship between their child and the other parent.

Such polls typically cost $6-7K to conduct, and we have been given an opportunity to conduct a poll for only $2,500! The primary costs for this project entail the purchasing of phone lists (landline and cell phones) in order to get a large enough sample (about 500-600 people) to survey.

We will publish the results in a peer-reviewed journal to ensure that the findings are made available to researchers, and will share our findings with policy makers and other influential people who can help address this problem more effectively.

Who are we?

We are a group of university- and clinically-based researchers working together across several universities.  The team includes Drs. Jennifer J. Harman, Zeynep Biringen, Sadie Leder-Elder, Amy Baker and Edward Kruk.

Why do we need a representative poll?

Although parental alienation and alienating behaviors in separated or divorced families have been well documented in over 500 references drawn from professional literatures across 30 countries, estimates of prevalence vary greatly depending on the method used. There have not been ANY published studies assessing how common this problem is in a nationwide, representative study.

There are many people who deny that parental alienation exists at all. Without knowing how many people and families this problem affects, greater research attention, funding for basic science and interventions, as well as legal policy changes are not likely to be devoted to understand how this problem impacts children, parents, and social institutions.

Judicial systems rely on evidence that has been accepted by experts in the field to make decisions that are in the “best interest of the child.” Obtaining an accurate picture of the number of families parental alienation affects can encourage more research in this area.

Not understanding the scope of the problem has also inhibited social analyses of why this problem persists despite there having been a few recent clinical, legislative, and judicial interventions attempting to address it.

Why do we need your help, and how soon do we need the funds?

We hope to conduct the poll in the summer of 2016. While we could seek grant funding for this project, such funding can take upwards of a year to secure, and even more time to execute. The opportunity to conduct this study over this summer necessitates more immediate funding.

We know millions of families in the U.S. are dealing with the terrible problem. We would like to get a very clear, accurate estimate so that more help can be provided to victims of parental alienation.
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Hello everyone! We are close to submitting results from this poll for review at a journal. We combined results with a poll conducted in Canada, and a third poll funded by our university. After we get it published, we will let you know how to get a copy! Thanks for your generous contribution to studying this important problem!
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Hello everyone! I want to thank you again for your most generous support to fund the national poll. We just launched the poll today, and should have results by the end of the month! We will share the results with you, our donors, as soon as we have them ready!
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Hi everyone,

We are getting reading to conduct the poll, at long last. Thank you so much for your contribution. We will keep you posted to let you know how it comes out!
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We are still on our way to raise money for our national poll of parents! Please share and help us reach our goal!
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Bruce Pitt-Payne
39 months ago
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Is this only for the US or is Canada involved ? Thx

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$2,520 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 36 people in 39 months
Created April 11, 2016
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CM
$20
Craig Miller
1 month ago

My kids suffered the abuses of parental alimentation and the State of Vermont DCF and Family Court ignored the obvious.

TR
$1,069
Teri Riddle
25 months ago

Society supports and shows compassion to parents who have lost a child. However, if that parent grieves the loss of a child who is still breathing, there is no support and no compassion. We mourn the same loss, but we mourn alone. Thank you for educating people about its existence and devastating effects.

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Anonymous
28 months ago
$20
Zachariah Hoffer
28 months ago

My daughter was alienated and this led to her death. I tried to employ the Family Courts to protect her. I was called an "antagonist". Most people said she would come around when she turned 18 or 19. Well, I will never know because she was murdered at age 18. PLEASE stop Parental Alienation. It is real. It is epidemic. It cycles to the next generation. It can be stopped.

JC
$25
Judy Cook
29 months ago

Sociopathic, narcissistic ex-husband insidiously manipulated the minds of our 19 year-old daughters during a high conflict divorce. They are now 28 years-old and have severed ties with me and their beloved grandparents. He uses financial means to continue his influence of our daughters. Devastating to our family. I was the stay-at-home mom, school volunteer from pre-school through high school, totally devoted to my kids, etc. Never imagined this happening.

CG
$11
CO PA Support Group
29 months ago (Offline Donation)
SM
$100
Sally Melville
31 months ago

Thanks for this effort.

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Anonymous
31 months ago
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31 months ago (Offline Donation)
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31 months ago
Bruce Pitt-Payne
39 months ago
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Is this only for the US or is Canada involved ? Thx

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