PARENTAL ALIENATION IS CHILD ABUSE
Everyone has heard of a deadbeat dad but do you know what a malicious mom is? Like being a deadbeat parent, parental alienation is not gender specific and it affects not only the child(ren) and targeted parent but siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and step parents. The intention of this site is not only to be a voice for children, but a learning portal for adults and children alike. I am an 18 year old college freshman at the University of West Georgia and as I develop this site (with help some help from my Dad), you will see parental alienation through the eyes of a young teenage woman. Children should have a chance to be heard and not suffer in silence.
What is Parental Alienation?
Parental alienation is domestic violence by proxy. It is a form of child abuse performed by a hostile aggressive parent against the other, targeted parent, using their child(ren) as a weapon during a child custody dispute between unwed, separated, divorcing or divorced parents.
What is Parental Alienation Syndrome?
Parental Alienation Syndrome arises when an alienating parent successfully indoctrinates hatred into a child's mind causing the child to denigrate the targeted parent on his/her own. Having been successfully programmed and or brainwashed into hating the targeted parent, the child reinforces tactics of alienation on their own. The child may incorporate false memories including experiences they've observed or heard of from others. The alienating parent is held harmless by the child and is completely absolved of any responsibility for the child's ill will towards the targeted parent
Excellent Video on EmM (Emotionally Manipulative) Parents, Parentification, Codependency, BPD-NPDs
Is Parental Alienation Syndrome Recognized by Professionals?
This is a mixed bag. Officially PAS will not be included in the latest release of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5. Only a third or more of professionals wanted to include PAS because among other reasons, it has been argued that not enough research has been conducted. It is my belief that this line of reasoning is incorrect and that outside special interests have influenced the decision to exclude PAS. So long as the medical world continues to sanitize the recognition of PAS, it will never receive the research, funding and attention it needs to be eradicated. The legal world will not give PAS its full recognition so long as the medical world does not.
The label "PAS" is not included in DSM-5 but it does exist under other labels. Guess what else is not listed but is included under other labels? You will not find the terms psychopath or sociopath in DSM-5. We'll follow this debate more in-depth as this site continues to develop.