Yes, after completing a comprehensive assessment of all members of an alienated family, it seems apparent that, for the most part, alienating parents have exhibited some type of psychological disorder or distress prior to the alienation. This may include, but is not limited to, prior engagement of child maltreatment, alcohol/substance abuse or dependence and/or a personality disorder.
In 2007, I conducted a quantitative research study to examine the long-term effects of PAS. The study’s findings demonstrated that adult children of divorce who perceived experiencing greater levels of PAS also perceived experiencing greater levels of psychological distress such as depression, anxiety, hostility, interpersonal sensitivity, obsessive compulsivity, paranoid ideation, phobic anxiety, hallucinations, delusions, and the presence of certain physical symptoms such as feelings of numbness, soreness, tingling, and heaviness in various parts of the body. To date, most researchers agree that alienated children, primarily in severe PAS cases, are less likely to re-establish a bond later in life with their rejected parents. Although not common, some children, youths and adult-children do change their minds. Some, for instance, eventually acknowledge that they have been programmed by an alienating parent and after intensive treatment interventions are able to reconcile their relationship with the rejected parent.
Stuart tells us about his split from his wife and subsequent experiences with Cafcass:
I’m writing this on Christmas Eve, sat at my PC with just a daft German Shepherd for company. It’s the first Christmas in eight years that I haven’t heard the buzz of excited children in the house. Don’t feel sorry for me, though – life is good and full of endless opportunity and laughter. I wanted to write this, as it’s a story of hope and proof that, sometimes, the system can be fair on dads.Read More
Had a wonderful Saturday evening on Zoom talking to long lost relatives, and our group is growing!
Its is important for alienated children to try and reconnect with as many relatives as possible after being alienated from everyone for many years.
I receive many emails and messages on social media from Alienated families and adult children who have lost contact because the alienator has taken over their lives, and prevented them seeing or contacting their family and friends.
Children feel secure and loved when they have strong and positive family relationships
A family constitutes people who are related to each other and share an emotional bond and similar values. Family members can be related by birth, marriage, or adoption.
Your immediate family includes parents, siblings, spouse, and children. And your extended family includes people you are related to, such as grandparents, cousins, aunts & uncles, nephews, nieces etc.
Characteristics of a Strong Family
With a kid away at school or a parent separated from the family, figuring out who makes the first communication move is sometimes difficult.
“If someone doesn’t take that risk and reach out, it’s not going to happen.”
Over 40 years ago, only 4 of us left sadly
Linda – Always By Your Side
Professional Training course for Family Counselors/Family Law Attorneys – FREE
This course is an essential how to manual in this important and ever increasing area of behavioral science and law. Busy mental health professionals need a reference guide to aid them in developing data sources to support their positions in reports and testimony. They also need to know where to go to find the latest material on a topic. Having this material available at all times in an interactive online course will avoid lengthy and time-consuming online research. For legal professionals who must ground their arguments in well thought out motions and repeated citations to case precedent this is an invaluable resource.
Parental / Family Member Education
Covering many of the aspects of the professional course, this course is designed for family members and non-professionals.
It is the essential how to manual in this important and ever increasing area of behavioural science and law. It will serve as both an introduction to and a reference guide to aid them in better understanding and dealing with parental alienation.
Ideal for parents, grandparents and other family members looking to better understand and address parental alienation.
Both counselling and legal considerations are also discussed.
Parental Alienation Study Group, Inc. (PASG), is an international, not-for-profit corporation. PASG has 800 members – mostly mental health and legal professionals – from 62 countries.
PASG is an organization open to anyone who reports an interest in the topic of parental alienation—personally, professionally, or both. Membership in PASG does not signify approval of the individual by the PASG Board of Directors, nor does it indicate any special education, training, expertise, or credentialing regarding parental alienation.
Parental Alienation Database
A large bibliography regarding parental alienation has been jointly developed by PASG and the Eskind Biomedical Library of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Access this Parental Alienation Database at https://ckm.vumc.org/pasg.
Mother jailed for lying on birth certificate
16 Apr 2021
News has recently emerged of a mother having been sentenced to eight months imprisonment for lying about the identity of her baby’s father on the birth certificate.
The mother is said to have lied about the father’s identity to spite the real father. Her partner, who was named as the baby’s father on the certificate was also jailed for six months for his part in the deception.
It is a legal requirement for the birth of a baby to be registered within six weeks of their birth, although due to the current coronavirus pandemic, special provisions have been put in place for this to be delayed for the time being.
In the case of married parents, either parent may register the baby’s birth. However, in the case of unmarried parents, this responsibility falls to the mother and only she automatically has parental responsibility. If both parents consent to the father being named on the birth certificate and he is present at the registration, the unmarried father will then also acquire parental responsibility.
Deliberately giving false details on a birth certificate is a criminal offence under the Perjury Act 1911 and is punishable by imprisonment. If however, a genuine mistake has been made, it is possible to seek an amendment to the register. In this particular case, if the mother had made a genuine mistake as to the identity of the natural father and it later transpired that her partner was not the baby’s father, she could apply to have his name removed from the certificate by providing evidence by way of an approved DNA test or court order. He would also then lose parental responsibility.
Faustine Bollaert welcomes men and women who talk about significant events in their existence, to allow others to move forward in their journey: a positive and optimistic meeting.
Is facial structure a valid cue of the dark triad of personality (Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy)? I obtained self-reports and peer reports of personality as well as expression-neutral photographs of targets, and then I created prototypes of people high and low on each of the three dimensions by digitally combining select photographs of Caucasian targets. The results indicated that unacquainted observers reliably detected the dark triad composite, especially in female prototypes. Thus, not only is the dark triad a set of psycho-social characteristics—it may also be a set of physical–morphological characteristics. In the Discussion, I introduce a website that stores these personality prototypes and many others (http://www.nickholtzman.com/faceaurus.htm).Highlights► Are faces valid cues of dark triad traits, such as psychopathy? ► I obtained self and peer reports of personality. ► I digitally combined targets’ photographs to create prototypes of each personality. ► Observers reliably detected the dark triad.
It’s one thing to define a new personality structure, but measuring it is another thing altogether. To this end, a team of psychologists led by Delroy Paulhus of the University of British Columbia in Canada developed a 28-item scale to measure the personality traits of narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and sadism. Here is what they came up with. (Note that all statements are responded to on a 5-point, strongly disagree to strongly agree, scale.)