Repairing the child-parent relationship after traumatic separation, alienation

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Parental Alienation

The concept of Parental Alienation Syndrome is pretty simple — one parent deliberately damages, and in some cases destroys, the previously healthy, loving relationship between his or her child and the child’s other parent. In a severe PAS case, the alienating parent and child work together to successfully eliminate the previously loved Mom or Dad from the child’s life. Their campaign is aimed at destroying Mom or Dad’s position as a loving parent and responsible adult.

Richard A. Gardner, a private practitioner and attending psychiatrist at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital, coined the term Parental Alienation Syndrome almost 20 years ago to describe the breakdown of previously normal, loving parent/child relationship during divorce and child custody cases. However, the United States judicial system pays little, if any, attention to PAS. The legal and psychological communities, not to mention family members and well-meaning friends, often mistakenly dismiss PAS as the typical rancor…

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