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Parental Alienation Syndrome: What Health Care Providers Need to Know

Highlights

Parent alienation syndrome (PAS), a type of emotional mistreatment experienced by children of divorce or high-conflict parent separation.

Divorce is recognized as one of the most common adverse childhood experiences.

PAS is a psychologic condition caused as a result of one parent (often the one with primary custody) exercising power over the child and preventing the child from coexisting with the child’s other parent; PAS is a mental state in which a child has untrue, illogical, exaggerated, or unfounded negative feelings against, or rejection of, one parent, due to the influence of the alienating parent.

Health care professionals need to be aware to the features of PAS and support them in identifying children who may require further mental-health-support services from other members of the health care team.

Abstract

The consequence of emotional strain on children has been documented along with the connection between deleterious life experiences and undesirable future health trajectories. The emotional maltreatment of children may be the most difficult to identify in clinical practice and is thus underrecognized. With a fundamental mission to promote child health, pediatric and family practitioners are in an ideal position during well-child visits to screen for parent alienation syndrome (PAS), a type of emotional mistreatment experienced by children of divorce or high-conflict parent separation. The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the PAS construct to providers who are unfamiliar with this syndrome. Additionally, this report aims to alert health care professionals to the features of PAS and support them in identifying children who may require further mental health support services from other members of the health care team.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1555415520301021

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