· Contents: Below is an annotated list of the writings currently contained
in this section. Each separate paper may be opened by clicking a link below.
While you are free to print these writings for your own personal use, they
are the property of Dr. Kneier and cannot be further published without his
Problems as Psychological Symptoms Describes the surprising nature of
our common problems and how to approach them in very helpful ways.
Difficulty with Divorce. Gives a feeling for what children
experience in a conflicted divorce. Sets the stage for the next four
sections about transfer reactions, switching, and splitting (parental
3 Basic Reactions to Conflicted Divorce Describes childrenï¿½s transfer
reactions, switching reactions, and splitting (parental alienation)
reactions. Shows how these
reactions amplify parental conflict.
Describes how parents can help the children and thus reduce
- Little Mary, the
Switcher. A story about how children ages 5 to 10 tend to
cope with a conflicted divorce, and how their reactions tend to
increase parental conflict.
- Transfer Reactions:
Tommy and the Radar. A story about how children ages 1 to 5
sometimes react to sudden or conflicted divorces.
of Access, Splitting, Parental Alienation
A major essay about the nature, causes, and treatment of this
adolescent reaction to conflicted divorce. Three of the eight sections in this
paper can be viewed and printed as individual papers.
Approaches for Splitting or Parental Alienation An in depth discussion about treating and
managing adolescentsï¿½ parental alienation reactions.
Dangers of Choice in Alienation Reactions Explains how approaching parental
alienation as a choice made by the child is very dangerous to the long-term
welfare of the child.
Child Issues That Also Affect Alienation Reactions Describes many common challenges and issues
in adolescents that can add to an alienation reaction. This paper is also useful for understanding
some of the problems and reactions of non-alienated adolescents.
the Courts Might Help with Alienation Reactions
Gives a summary of the nature and causes of parental alienation
reactions for judges and parents, then discusses ways the Court might
help with the problem. All four
of the sections of this paper can be viewed and printed as individual
of Parental Alienation for Judges or Parents
a Lawyer for the Child
Discusses why this usually is not a helpful approach, because it tends
to further empower the child and focus on the childï¿½s apparent choice.
for Judges Talking to Alienated Children
Judges and Therapists Might Work Together
- Delivering Parenting
in Divorced Families. A discussion of various child-sharing
regimes and the associated psychological issues for children.
- The Importance of
Fathers. With the importance of mothers being well known
and obvious, this paper presents recent findings about the similar
importance of involved fathering for children. The paper is basically a
book report of Dr. Kyle Pruettï¿½s wonderful book, Fatherneed: Why
Father Care Is as Essential as Mother Care for Your Child.
- Hello and Goodbye. Describes
briefly why marriage counseling and mediation are very different