Parental Alienation Syndrome is a group of behaviours that are damaging to children’s mental and emotional well-being and can interfere with a relationship between a child and either parent. These behaviours most often accompany high conflict marriages, separation or divorce.
These behaviours whether verbal or non-verbal, cause a child to be mentally manipulated or bullied into believing a loving parent is the cause of all their problems, and/or the enemy, to be feared, hated, disrespected and/or avoided.
Parental alienation syndrome deprives children of their right to be loved by and showing love for both of their parents. The destructive actions by an alienating parent or another third person (like another family member) can become abusive to the child – as the alienating behaviours are disturbing, confusing and often frightening, to the child, and can rob the child of their sense of security and safety leading to maladjusted emotional or psychiatric reactions.
Most people do not know about Parental Alienation Syndrome until they experience it. It is non-discriminatory and can affect Mothers as well as Fathers.
Anthony Douglas, Chief Executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), warned against the danger of “parental alienation”, and “It’s undoubtedly a form of neglect or child abuse in terms of the impact it can have.”
Here at Dads Unlimited, we want to raise awareness of PAS, and about the growth in the problem of targeting children and their relationships in a healthy and loving parent/child bond.