Recommended Treatments for "Parental Alienation Syndrome" (PAS) May Cause Children Foreseeable and Lasting Psychological Harm.
Dallam, Stephanie. Silberg, Joyanna L.
Published: April-September 2016
Journal of Child Custody
Vol. 13, No. 2-3 , p. 134-143
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The coercive and punitive “therapies” recommended for children diagnosed with parental alienation constitute an ethical minefield and are especially inappropriate when used on children who have already been traumatized. Forced reunification against a child’s will and without taking into consideration the child’s point of view and emotional well-being, can be expected to reinforce a sense of helplessness and powerlessness in an already vulnerable child. Such “treatment” can be expected to do more harm than good, and rather than helping their well-being, could cause lasting psychological harm, particularly when imposed upon children who claim the parent they are being forced to reunify with is abusive. (Author abstract)
child custody; divorce; parental alienation syndrome; custody disputes; parent child relationships; validity; family courts; child abuse; emotional abuse; ethics; family reunification