Differential Diagnosis of Parent-Child Conflict

Dr. Craig Childress: Attachment Based "Parental Alienation" (AB-PA)

In a comment to my Facebook page, a parent asked about the process of diagnosis.  I thought my response might be more broadly of interest, so I responded as a full post on my Facebook page, and I’m also responding here on my blog.

Patient Identification

The patient is the child.  It is the child’s symptoms that are of concern relative to treatment.  Our goal is to ensure that the child has a normal-range and developmentally healthy childhood.

The second component of the patient is the parent-child relationship, since a healthy and affectionally bonded parent-child relationship is centrally important to the healthy emotional and psychological development of the child.

Children have a right to love both parents, and they have the right to receive the love of both parents in return.  So in addition to alleviating any child symptoms of pathology in order to restore the child to a healthy…

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