This study examined whether discrepancies in reported court ordered parenting time and actual parenting time among families that had dissolved (i.e., divorced) was associated with the degree to which children are reported to demonstrate negative coping behaviors. It was
hypothesized that (a) parents who were targets of alienating behaviors by the other parent would report having less parenting time than what the courts ordered and (b) children would engage innegative behavioral coping strategies when there were larger discrepancies between parenting time in the divorce decree versus reported parenting time. Data were gathered from surveys and audio-recorded interviews from 70 parents who reported being the targets of parental alienating behaviors. A content analysis was conducted on the interview transcripts to code for the child’s behavioral outcomes, as reported by the targeted parent. Results from this study provide information on the extent to which parenting time awarded by family courts can be in conflict with what occurs, and in reality, whether such discrepancies are associated with parent-reported child funktioning. http://familyscienceassociation.org/sites/default/files/8%20-%20Smi...