A Critical Analysis of Parental Alienation Syndrome and Its Admissibility in the Family CourtJournal of Child Custody
- Parental alienation syndrome,
- family violence,
- psychological evaluation
AbstractOver the past three decades, parental alienation syndrome (PAS) has been proposed to explain behaviors by a child who refuses to spend time with a parent and actually denigrates that parent within the context of a child custody dispute. Although some mental health professionals and child custody evaluators, attorneys, and judges have been quick to accept and admit PAS as evidence in these disputes, there has been no consistent empirical or clinical evidence that PAS exists or that the alienator's behavior is the actual cause of the alienated child's behavior towards the target parent. This article attempts to help those working with custody issues understand how the PAS construct fails to meet scientific standards and should not be admissible in courts.
Citation InformationLenore E Walker, Kristi L. Brantley and Justin A. Rigsbee. "A Critical Analysis of Parental Alienation Syndrome and Its Admissibility in the Family Court" Journal of Child Custody Vol. 1 Iss. 2 (2004) p. 47 - 74 ISSN: 1537-9418
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