Dr. Jennifer Jill Harman, author of “Parents Acting Badly” does a superb job of identifying dynamics of alienation. She identifies many of the same issues as Dr. Childress, but also goes into good detail about some of the larger issues that cause and perpetuate alienation in the first place. She points to not only how we as individuals are affected but the importance of addressing this on a larger level.
She has conducted and continues to conduct research into this subject to garner greater legitimacy in the psychological community around this subject. She is currently looking to further substantiate the idea that alienation is another form of aggression and that it has the same roots as any other form of abuse.