As noted by Forensic Psychologist D. C. Rand,
Modern Medeas do not want to kill their children, but they do want revenge on their former wives or husbands – and they exact it by destroying the relationship between the other parent and the child. . . . The Medea syndrome has its beginnings in the failing marriage and separation, when parents sometimes lose sight of the fact that their children have separate needs [and] begin to think of the child as being an extension of the self. . . . A child may be used as an agent of revenge against the other parent . . . or the anger can lead to child – stealing. n3
n3 Deirdre Conway Rand, Ph.D., The Spectrum of Parental Alienation Syndrome (Part 1), 15 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY (1997), quoting JUDITH WALLERSTEIN & SANDRA BLAKESLEE, SECOND CHANCES (1989), at http://www.fact.on.ca/Info/pas/rand02.htm, at 4.