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Recommended treatments for “parental alienation syndrome” (PAS) may cause children foreseeable and lasting psychological harm Stephanie Dallam and Joyanna L. Silberg

By: Dallam, Stephanie.
Contributor(s): Silberg, Joyanna L.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSeries: Journal of Child Custody.Publisher: Taylor & Francis, 2016Subject(s): CHILD ABUSE | CHILD CUSTODY | FAMILY COURT | INTERVENTION | PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS | UNITED STATESOnline resources: Read abstract In: Journal of Child Custody, 2016, 13(2-3): 134-143Summary: The coercive and punitive “therapies” recommended for children diagnosed with parental alienation constitute an ethical minefield and are especially inappropriate when used on children who have already been traumatized. Forced reunification against a child’s will and without taking into consideration the child’s point of view and emotional well-being, can be expected to reinforce a sense of helplessness and powerlessness in an already vulnerable child. Such “treatment” can be expected to do more harm than good, and rather than helping their well-being, could cause lasting psychological harm, particularly when imposed upon children who claim the parent they are being forced to reunify with is abusive. (Authors' abstract). Record #6327
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Journal of Child Custody, 2016, 13(2-3): 134-143

The coercive and punitive “therapies” recommended for children diagnosed with parental alienation constitute an ethical minefield and are especially inappropriate when used on children who have already been traumatized. Forced reunification against a child’s will and without taking into consideration the child’s point of view and emotional well-being, can be expected to reinforce a sense of helplessness and powerlessness in an already vulnerable child. Such “treatment” can be expected to do more harm than good, and rather than helping their well-being, could cause lasting psychological harm, particularly when imposed upon children who claim the parent they are being forced to reunify with is abusive. (Authors' abstract). Record #6327