Mr Custody Coach raises some interesting points in his Parental Alienation Effects on Children - Parental Alienation Syndrome
And then there is this:It’s a common story played out in court rooms all across the United States and beyond. What’s worse, misguided “special interest groups” have now shifted their tactics, replete with unsupported “statistics” which serve to allow parental alienation efforts to continue unabated. Their claims? Well, their claims are that abusive parents are using parental alienation syndrome falsely as a court room tactic and are highly successful in obtaining custody as a result. They support their allegations with bogus statistics that are completely without foundation and cannot be reasonably supported. This is easily seen with only a minimum of scrutiny. Unfortunately, the livelihoods of these special interests are predicated on keeping the family court system clogged with adversarial cases and the easiest way to do it is via parental alienation, false allegations of child abuse and domestic violence, all in an effort to win child custody. In their minds - an allegation = conviction of the targeted parent. No proof necessary here, folks. Scare tactics help keep the money flowing.
I was involved in a situation where the non-custodial mother was seeing the effects of what amounted to PAS. It may be that we will see more PAS claims where the custodial parent is the father but I am left wondering if PAS is not a more complicated thing than a mere psychological condition.Oddly enough, not only is this claim completely unsupported by any meaningful evidence, the experts never broach the subject of why so many of the alienated parents are fathers. While many would agree that in the teens, parental rejection can be a developmentally normal response - it’s not a gender-specific response according to any of the information we’ve read on the subject.
We know that the debate and discussion on whether or not parental alienation rises to the level of a mental illness or “syndrome.” Frankly, when it comes to child custody matters - it doesn’t matter to us one way or the other. One thing that we do know for sure is that children can be taught to hate just as well as they can be taught to love, to read, to do math, to play sports, to learn to dance, to speak a language, and so many other things in life. So, while the special interests can argue over whether or not this is a mental illness or not - we’ll focus on reality. The reality is that in the heat of a custody battle, a vindictive, malicious parent can teach children to hate the target parent - with tragic consequences.
Mind you this is all Sunday morning speculation. Why are we not more offended by parents who place their children in the middle of their divorce and post-divorce problems? Do people not realize how ham-handed the legal system is for dealing with these sort of problems? Is PAS a symptom of biology or of roles imposed by a cusotdy order?
Let me now mention what crossed my mind that led me to those questions. What came to mind was Medea (and here is the sign of a liberal education) and what might be considered the earliest and most extreme form a mother alienating her children:
And what can we can make of all this?