What is Parental Alienation Syndrome?
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Parental Alienation Syndrome a gender based theory?
Did Richard Gardner contribute anything significant to psychiatry other than describing PAS?
No. The only notable part of his professional career involved his opinions and postulations about the children of divorce. He is also well-known for publicly saying he believed child sexual abuse was less common and less damaging than was widely believed. He was saying this from the 1980’s until his death in 2003; a period of time where we were learning more and more about how common, and how damaging child sexual abuse actually was.
I’ve heard people refer to the cottage industry. What does this refer to in the context of child custody disputes?
I’ve seen kids live with one parent who says horrible things about the other parent, and after a while so does their child. Is that PAS?
I’ve seen kids say really horrible things about their battered mothers after divorces. These mothers are great people and are great to their kids. What do these fathers do that turns them against their mothers like that?
I’ve seen women claim they were abused in relationships where there’s no way they were abused, and their kids suddenly start talking about hating their father. Isn’t that PAS?
Don’t our standards of what is and isn’t a mental illness change over time?
But isn’t there such a thing as parental alienation?
What is the best thing to do if there is alienation happening in in the parent/child relationship?
Does anyone believe in PAS today?
Did Richard Gardner come up with any useful theories that the courts are trying to use?
The Safe Child Act will help prevent judges, and other court officials, from considering Parental Alienation Syndrome. It makes judges consider the health and safety of children before anything else. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study by the CDC clearly shows how trauma, like abuse and neglect, effects the rest of a child’s life.
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