Parental Alienation Database
The Center for Knowledge Management (CKM) was approached by Dr. William Bernet, Professor Emeritus of Vanderbilt School of Medicine and former Director of Vanderbilt Forensic Psychiatry, to partner in the creation of a database to house and facilitate discovery of existing literature on the topic of parental alienation. Parental alienation is a mental condition in which a child – usually one whose parents are engaged in a high-conflict separation or divorce – allies strongly with one parent (the preferred parent or alienating parent) and rejects a relationship with the other parent (the target parent or alienated parent) without legitimate justification. CKM information scientists used expertise in metadata tagging and content organization to create a searchable, fully categorized database of resources. This database contains more than 1,000 books, book chapters, and articles published in mental health or legal professional journals. The goal of the Parental Alienation Database is to encourage clinicians, scholars, and graduate students to study this topic of parental alienation and develop solid research projects. The database has already contributed to widespread dissemination of parental alienation research; it is linked on websites in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Sweden, and Romania, as well as several locations in the U.S.