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Invitation to Participate

You are invited to participate in a survey on how mental health practitioners in Australia work with families experiencing parental alienation. Parental alienation occurs when one parent behaves in ways to damage the relationship between their child and the child’s other parent. As a result of these behaviours, the child rejects the other parent and refuses contact with them. Parental alienation is poorly understood and not enough is known about how practitioners work with alienated families. You are being asked to participate in the survey because you are a mental health practitioner in Australia who works or has worked with alienated families.

Research Team

This study is being conducted by the University of Tasmania. The research team includes:
  • Dr Mandy Matthewson, Senior Lecturer at the University of Tasmania, School of Psychological Sciences. She is also a clinical psychologist in private practice. Dr Matthewson is conducting this study as part of her role at the University of Tasmania.
  • Mr Luke Huxley (Student Researcher) is completing his Master of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Tasmania under the supervision of Dr Matthewson. Mr Huxley is conducting this study as part of his degree. 
What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to complete the following online survey about your work with alienated families. You will be asked questions about your experience working with alienated families, the assessment and intervention process you use and the obstacles you face doing this work. This survey should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous. You will not be asked to provide any information that will identify you or any of the alienated families you have worked with.

Are there any possible benefits from participation in this study?

There are no direct benefits for individual participants in this study.  However, you can choose to enter a draw for the chance to win a gourmet hamper to the value of $150. This research may increase the body of knowledge about the ways practitioners work with alienated families. It may also provide you with an opportunity to reflect on your therapeutic practices in this area of work.

Are there any possible risks from participation in this study?

You may be inconvenienced by the time taken to complete the survey. Should this inconvenience become burdensome, you are able to withdraw by not completing the survey and not submitting the survey you commenced.

What if I change my mind during or after the study?

You are free to withdraw from this study without consequence.  To do this, simply stop completing the survey. Partially completed surveys will not be included in the research.  After you have submitted a completed survey, you will not be able to withdraw from the study as there will be no way to identify your completed survey(s) and the information contained in the survey will be de-identified.
What will happen to the data when this study is over?

After submission of your completed survey, the data collected will be stored on the survey platform and will only be able to be accessed by the researchers. Once downloaded from the survey platform, all data files will be stored in a password protected folder on a secure UTAS server. This data will only be accessible by the researchers. 

De-identified data may be used in future research projects lead by Dr Matthewson. The data will be stored for five years after publication or subsets of de-identified data may be stored for longer if it is a requirement of a specific journal publication. Subsets of de-identified data may be stored on the open science framework. Any data not associated with a publication, or the open science framework will be destroyed in accordance with the UTAS Management of Research Data procedure.

How will the results of the study be published?

All data in this research will be anonymous.  Data from this research will be publish in peer-reviewed journals and presented at professional conferences.  It will also be published in Mr Huxley’s thesis, which will be submitted as partial completion of his masters degree. Although individual results will not be available because the data you provide will be unidentifiable, a summary of the overall research results can be made available at your request. If you wish to obtain a summary of the results of this study, please contact Dr Mandy Matthewson at

What if I have questions about this study?

If you have any queries, concerns or issues with this study, please feel free to contact us at the following email address:

This study has been approved by the University of Tasmania Human Research Ethics Committee.  If you have concerns or complaints about the conduct of this study, you can contact the Executive Officer of the HREC (Tasmania) Network on (03) 6226 6254 or email The Executive Officer is the person nominate to receive complaints from research participants. You will need to quote H0026178.

To agree to be involved in this study, please click on the SUBMIT button at the end of this survey.  By submitting the survey, you confirm you have read and understood the information about the study contained above and, in particular:

  • You understand that your involvement in this research will involve you completing a survey about your work with alienated families. This survey will take no more than 30 minutes.
  • You understand that you may withdraw from this study by not submitting your incomplete survey.
  • Any questions you had were answered to your satisfaction by Dr Matthewson via email.
  • You understand that all study data will be securely stored on the University of Tasmania premises for five years from the publication of the study results or longer depending on journal publication requirements and will then be destroyed.
  • You understand that some data may be placed on the open science framework.
  • You understand that you de-identified data may be used for other similar research projects conducted by Dr Mandy Matthewson.

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* 1. Do you consent to participate in this survey?

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* 2. Do you work in Australia?

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