Law in Hyperspeed

The ADDventures of a practicing attorney in a southern state. I hope those in the law and those with ADD can find some comfort and help in these postings. The only real person in this blog is the author. The people described in this blog mostly represent sterotypes of some of the characters I see in my travels.

Location: Southern, United States

Monday, December 06, 2004

Parental Alienation

Parental alienation is a controversial topic in the family law profession. Richard Gardner coined a term called parental aliention syndrome. This is where a pattern of alienation becomes so severe that it reaches the stage where it should be classified as a distinct psychological syndrome. The diagnosis of parental alienation syndrome ("PAS") is controversial because it is not officially recognized in the DSM manual used in psychology/psychiatry. It is also controversial because the majority of alienating parents are women.

Family law attorneys know that alienating behaviors take place by both sexes. I've personally seen cases with PAS as described by Dr. Gardner. Here is another site that deals with the same issue.

I believe that parental alienation is child abuse. A child's identity is tied to both parents. The alienating parent is destroying part of that child's identity.


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