'Parental Alienation' has been argued for many years by psychologists (and others) wishing to see it appear on the DSM-5, as a syndrome. The American Psychiatric Association aka; APA use, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders aka; DSM, to classify mental disorders. The main argument is whether or not to add 'parental alienation' to the list of syndromes on the DSM. Thus far, all attempts have failed. Still, many use a term 'parental alienation syndrome' (PAS) in speech and their writings as if it were already approved as a syndrome.
Violators, people using children as weapons against the opposing parent and many looking to make much money are supporters of having 'parental alienation' included on the DSM. Supporters in favor of having Parental Alienation listed on the DSM as a recognized 'syndrome' fail to look deeper into cross-overs with the various system(s) that reign control over the family. Cause & effect is ignored by so many wanting to find as many ways possible to financially profit from desperate families. This list includes but not limited to; psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, lawyers whom would all make a small fortune by the inclusion of Parental Alienation on the DSM.
The parent causing the alienation between their child and the other (targeted) parent would greatly benefit by not legally being held liable for their actions and would not be forced to endure negative consequences for their actions. Court ordered therapy would become the penalty for the parent that intentionally prevents their child from exercising time (visitation) and / or a relationship with the other parent. If 'Parental alienation' were listed on the DSM as a mental disorder or syndrome, the same actions committed against a parent that are currently punishable by law, would be deemed acceptable, therefore rewarded by the court judge.
Currently, a parent found by the court to have intentionally prevented court ordered parent / child visitations, can be found 'in contempt of court ordered visitation'. The parent / legal guardian violating the order can be fined and / or jailed by the court. If 'parental alienation syndrome' were listed on the DSM as a disorder or syndrome, the same violation(s) would be deemed acceptable due to the violator being treated as a person with a psychological disorder or parental alienation syndrome. The violator would be ordered by a court judge to submit to counseling for treatment, instead of being punished for their contempt of the courts orders. An actual get-out-of-jail free card. The parent using / abusing their child to cause harm to the opposing (targeted) parent could testify to the court, "I didn't realize what I was doing until I saw my psychiatrist and was diagnosed with 'parental alienation syndrome nor did have control over my behaviors against my child's (mother / father)". A court judge would not be able to ignore a psychological diagnosis and the back-lash for incarcerating a person for their psychological problem. The inclusion of Parental Alienation Syndrome PAS on the DSM, would rewardthe bad behaviors & actions of the violating parent that are currently criminal actions intentionally being caused against a child and the other parent. Over the years, psychiatrists and psychologists have caused far more harm to family court cases, than have helped. The inclusion of Parental Alienation Syndrome [PAS] on the DSM, would prove to be a huge money maker for psychiatrists psychologists, court guardian-ad-litem, lawyers and many others. Children, families and taxpayers would pay the price, and not limited to financial.
Is parental alienation a syndrome or criminal act?
by Nancy Rolfe
Parental Alienation is a term that is used to describe the result of negative and / or harmful actions / behaviors executed by a person that holds control over a child and for purpose to cause harm to the parent being targeted. Actions may include brainwashing a child to hold unjust negative feelings against a parent, false allegations and preventing a child from spending time with a parent and even in violation of court orders. Actions that cause a child to become alienated from one of their parents are usually for purpose to harm a parent or grand-parent. Alienation is most often committed to assist / further ones agenda in a court case in matters such as obtaining / preventing custody and / or visitation. Alienation has become very common in cases involving the state / foster care system.