All mental health professionals need to begin assessing for pathogenic parenting by an allied narcissistic/(borderline) parent in a cross-generational coalition with the child against the other parent (Haley; Minuchin) in all cases of attachment-related pathology surrounding divorce:
The Diagnostic Checklist for Pathogenic Parenting
The Parenting Practices Rating Scale
Pathogenic parenting that is creating significant developmental pathology in the child (diagnostic indicator 1), personality disorder pathology in the child (diagnostic indicator 2), and delusional-psychiatric pathology in the child (diagnostic indicator 3) in order to meet the emotional and psychological needs of the parent, represents a DSM-5 diagnosis of V995.51 Child Psychological Abuse, Confirmed.
Creating severe psychopathology in the child in order to meet the parent’s own emotional and psychological needs is a child protection issue.
The solution to “parental alienation” is to be found in obtaining an accurate DSM-5 diagnosis of the pathology from the mental health system — V995.51 Child Psychological Abuse, Confirmed.
At its core, this is a mental health issue. Pathogenic parenting is a child protection issue, not a child custody issue.
The solution is to be found in the mental health system. Any solution that requires that targeted parents prove “parental alienation in court is no solution at all. The solution will be achieved through demanding professional competence from the mental health system.
Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857