What Is Parental Alienation Syndrome?

What Is Parental Alienation Syndrome?

Posted By R. Gregory Colvin LLC || 25-Jun-2018

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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