Synopses & Reviews
Your ex-spouse is bad-mouthing you to your children, perhaps even trying to turn them against you. If you handle the situation ineffectively, you could lose your children's respect, their affection—even, in extreme cases, contact with them.
Backed by twenty-five years of experience in helping families, Dr. Richard Warshak presents powerful strategies for dealing with everything from tainted parent-child relationships in which children are disrespectful or reluctant to show their affection to disturbances in which children virtually disown an entire side of the family.
Divorce Poison offers advice on how to:
- Recognize early warning signs of trouble
- React if your children refuse to see you
- Respond to rude and hateful behavior
- Avoid the seven most common errors made by rejected parents
This groundbreaking work gives parents powerful strategies to preserve and rebuild loving relationships with their children and provides legal and mental-health professionals with practical advice to help their clients and ensure the welfare of children.
“An absolute must-read for any parent going through a divorce. Warshak lays bare the evils of parental alienation and gives readers the knowledge they need to defend themselvesand their childrenagainst it.” Armin Brott, author of The Expentant Father and The Single Father
“A godsend to the many divorcées who are bashed by their ex-spouses.” Publishers Weekly
“Divorce Poison is a must read for every parent involved in a hostile divorce.” Dr. John W. Santrock, professor of psychology, University of Texas at Dallas
“With the wisdom and insight of years of professional experience, Dr. Richard A. Warshak shows parents how to avoid the painful repercussions that result when a child becomes the pawn of parental conflicts. If youre divorced and you love your child, read this book!” Constance R. Ahrons, Ph.D., senior scholar Council on Contemporary Families, and author of The Good Divorce
“Divorce Poison is destined to become a classic. Dr. Warshaks sympathy for mothers, fathers, and relatives struggling to maintain their childrens affection is outweighed only by his compassion for the children themselves.” Michael Gurian, author of The Wonder of Boys
“This book is a testament to Dr. Warshaks vast experience, erudition, and deep commitment to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the various categories of alienated children.” Richard A. Gardner, M. D., clinical professor of child psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, author of The Parental Alienation Syndrome
“Offers valuable advice, especially for those times when the going gets tough with your ex. It also helps you understand and heal your own hurts without hurting the children you love.” Susan Jeffers, Ph.D., author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and I'm Okay . . . You're a Brat!
“Always painful, divorce can turn lethal when one parent attempts to poison the children against an ex-spouse. In this balanced, compassionate book, Richard Warshak offers vital advice to those caught in the emotional maelstrom of a bitter divorce.” Mark Pendergrast, author of Victims of Memory
“A breakthrough book. . . . Original, well-written, balanced, and filled with insights, it is perfect for any parent who has been the victim of bad-mouthing.” Warren Farrell, Ph.D., author of Father and Child Reunion and Why Men Are the Way They Are
Your ex-spouse is bad-mouthing you to your children, perhaps even trying to turn them against you. If you handle the situation ineffectively, you could lose your children's respect, their affections -- even, in extreme cases, contact with them.
The conventional advice is to do nothing, that fighting fire with fire will only result in greater injury to the children. But Dr. Richard Warshak is convinced that this approach only leaves parents feeling helpless. The problems range from tainted parent-child relationships to a disturbance known as parental alienation syndrome, in which children virtually disown one of their parents.
Divorce Poison is the first book that offers specific advice to protect children from the results of their parents' animosity. Dr. Warshak details how to distinguish different types of criticism, how and why parents manipulate their children, how to detect these maneuvers, and how these practices damage children. Most important, he offers parents powerful strategies to preserve and rebuild loving relationships with their children.
“This essential resource and guide offers valuable advice, especially for those times when the going gets tough with your ex.”
—Susan Jeffers, Ph.D., author of Im Okay…Youre a Brat!
A classic work by Dr. Richard A. Warshak, a leading authority in the field, Divorce Poison can help you protect your relationship with your children during a divorce or separation. Revised and updated, with a new introduction and afterword, Dr. Warshaks indispensable guide to preventing and overcoming parental alienation has been called, “a godsend” by Publishers Weekly and “a great book for both parents and professionals” by Henry Biller, Ph.D., author of The Father Factor. A must read in difficult times, Divorce Poison offers powerful strategies for divorcing parents when their children are caught in the emotional crossfire.
About the Author
Dr. Richard A. Warshak is a clinical professor of psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. An international authority and consultant to parents and attorneys on divorce and parental alienation, Dr. Warshak has spoken at the White House, and his work has been featured in a PBS documentary and in media including The Early Show, Today, CNN, CTV, the New York Times, USA Today, Macleans, the London Sunday Telegraph, the Toronto Star, and Time.