“Myth 5: Parental alienation syndrome is a common, well-documented phenomenon.

Parental Alienation

Myths That Place Children At Risk During Custody Litigation
Dallam. S. J., & Silberg, J. L. (Jan/Feb 2006). Myths that place children at risk during custody disputes. Sexual Assault Report, 9(3), 33-47. (PDF)
Excerpts see link in comment section for rest of myths
“Myth 5: Parental alienation syndrome is a common, well-documented phenomenon.
Those who buy into the myth that mothers frequently raise false allegations of abuse may attempt to explain this phenomenon by relying on a legal theory called Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS). Some suggest that the theory is based on science, and that PAS is a well-documented phenomenon .
Although estrangement from one or both parents can occur in children during an acrimonious divorce, Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) lacks a scientific foundation and has never been shown to be a valid explanation of this process. In fact, Dr. Richard Gardner, the theory’s creator, developed his theory while working…

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