Detouring, Scapegoating & Triangulation

“Detouring” occurs when parents, rather than directing anger or criticism toward each other, focus the negativity on the child and the parent-child conflict thus serves to distract from the tension in the marital subsystem.
This type of triangulation also is sometimes referred to as “scapegoating” as the child’s well-being is sacrificed in order that the marital conflict might be avoided.

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