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Parental Alienation

What is Parental Alienation?

Parental alienation is the process, and the result, of psychological manipulation of a child into showing unwarranted fear, disrespect or hostility towards aparent and/or other family members.

Parental alienation syndrome was a term coined by child psychiatrist Richard A. Gardner drawing upon his clinical experiences since the early 1980s. ... Its primary manifestation is the child's campaign of denigration against the parent, a campaign that has no justification. In Dr. Richard Gardner's second edit of parental alienation syndrome, he defined PAS as "a disorder that arises primarily in the context of child-custody disputes. Its primary manifestation is the child's campaign of denigration against a parent, a campaign that has no justification.

Put simply, parental alienation is child abuse. ... Parental alienation is a set of strategies that parents use to undermine and interfere with a child's relationship with his or her other parent. This often but not always happens when parents are engaged in a contested custody battle.

Here are just a few of the sources of information that dig deep into this terrible abuse:

Parental Alienation Awareness Organization - PAAO

Dr. Phil - Parental Alienation

25 Years of Parental Alienation - Video Story

"At 25 years old I started to discover that I was a child of parental alienation. I realized this ON MY WEDDING DAY. I hated half of myself as a result of the abuse and brainwashing I had received.This is a story of starting to put the pieces together. Please share your comments. Am I alone or has this happened to others? Hi, I’m Ryan Thomas. I am a child of parental alienation... Alienation Strategies - Dr. Sue Cornbluth

Research has shown that that there is a consensus regarding how one parent may alienate a child from another parent. In her book, Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome: Breaking the Ties that Bind, Dr. Amy J. L. Baker provides research using 40 adults who experienced PAS as children. The subjects of the study reported five primary strategies used to manipulate their thoughts and feelings as children:


When parents get divorced, the impact of this family break-up is emotionally painful and is often confusing for children to process. The prior sense of being with their loving parents, who have also been a loving couple, choosing to part, is perplexing and deeply shocking for children. In addition, when youngsters observe contempt, harsh words, fights and evident loss of love and respect between their parents preceding the divorce, their notions about the “perfect, forever after love” and their safety within the family is shattered. The new configuration of the split family, in which the children get to be with each parent alone at designated times, is bewildering and requires a major adjustment for the youngsters. How can parents reduce the confusion and help the children’s transition to a state of “two loving parents who are no longer in love with each other”? ... (Full article)

Effects of Parental Alienation - WHAT IS PARENTAL ALIENATION?

There are many great articles and books written by some fantastic minds about Parental Alienation. I recently published a blog post that explained in great detail what parental alienation is. You can read the full post here; WHAT IS PARENTAL ALIENATION.

For those of you that do not know what parental alienation is, it is basically the intentional or unintentional act of turning a child against his or her other parent. This can be carried out in a physical nature such as refusing contact with the other parent by simply refusing phone contact or even interfering with custody visitation. Often times an alienator will also seek to emotionally exclude the other parent through manipulation, brainwashing, and other malicious tactics, designed to align the child with the alienator as the primary source of the child’s emotional well being. While this isn’t always the case, research statistics have found that this act of abuse is almost always directed toward a non- custodial parent, by the custodial parent. The sobering and sad results of such acts often causes long term, damaging effects for all that are involved.

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