Parental alienation syndrome (PAS) is a term coined by Richard Gardner, a forensic psychiatrist. It is used
to describe the tendency of one parent to turn a child against the other
parent, usually after a bitter divorce or custody battle. Parental alienation
syndrome is emotionally traumatic for everyone involved, especially for
the children. Kids need to develop healthy relationships with both parents,
if possible, and PAS tends to create emotional distance between a child
and one particular parent.
Signs of parental alienation include:
- Lack of respect, positive communication, or care from the child
- Failure to comply with court-ordered visitation or custody
- Anger, demeaning remarks, or antagonistic behaviors against one parent
by the child
Telling the child repeatedly how the other parent is to blame for breaking
up the family, falsely alleging abuse or violence in order to justify
alienating the other parent, and demeaning the other parent in front of
the child are common examples of parental alienation. Failing to comply
with court-ordered visitation and time-sharing by making excuses or planning
other activities is another example of parental alienation.
Over time, the child may come to believe that one parent is responsible
for all the hurt and pain caused by the divorce. He or she may refuse
to participate in visitation, make statements that favor the inciting
parent, or undermine your authority as a parent. Communicating with the
other parent, paying attention to warning signs, and seeking every opportunity
to be engaged in your child’s life in a positive way may help prevent
parental alienation syndrome.
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