Thus, it is noteworthy that more than half of the children in this study were older than fourteen years and nearly a fourth were older than sixteen years.
Although at first children appear unhappy about participating in the workshop, the program begins with videos that are immediately engaging, entertaining, and nonthreatening, and the children settle down to the task of learning how to live as a family with the parent whom they have been rejecting. Early in the workshop, often during the first day, the children begin communicating directly and somewhat positively with the rejected parent and appear relieved to be offered a face-saving way to reconnect.
By the end of the workshop the children in the 2019 study were significantly less alienated, as indicated in ratings by the parents, children, and professional workshop leaders. The parents and children credited the workshop as helping to improve their relationship skills and the quality of the parent–child relationship.