Posted in Alienation

The International Journal -CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT

Historically, child protection has been commonly perceived to be a matter of concern to professionals in specialized social service, health, mental health, and justice systems. However, Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal also welcomes contributors and readers interested in children’s safety in the settings of everyday life – homes, day care centers, schools, playgrounds, youth clubs, health clinics, places of worship, and so forth. Child Abuse & Neglect also invites the engagement of other social scientists (e.g., anthropologists, economists, historians, planners, political scientists, and sociologists) and humanists (e.g., ethicists, legal scholars, political theorists, and theologians) whose studies may contribute to an understanding of (a) the evolution of concepts of – and strategies for – child protection and (b) the responsibilities of individual adults and the institutions of which they are a part to ensure children’s safety and their humane care.

Limited by neither geography, profession, nor setting, the readers of Child Abuse & Neglect have diverse education, experience, interests, and needs for information. Accordingly, the journal seeks the expression of authors’ ideas and their empirical findings clearly and cogently, so that articles are accessible to a broad audience. The journal also expects authors to approach problems of child abuse and neglect with a level of care commensurate with the fundamental importance of children’s rights to the protection of their personal security, the promotion of their sense of dignity, and the assurance of love and respect in the relationships most important to them.

Toward those ends, Child Abuse & Neglect invites research and commentary on the following topics, among others:

•the conditions that foster or threaten children’s safety and sense of personal security in their homes and other settings of everyday life;

•the conditions that enable or hinder parents’, extended family members’, other caregivers’, and other community members’ efforts to ensure children’s personal security;

•programs and practices to facilitate children’s protection from harms or wrongs, their recovery from violations of their personal security, or both;

•community, societal, and international systems to promote children’s safety, enhance the quality of their care, and/or facilitate the mitigation of harms and wrongs that they may suffer;

•children’s, parents’, and other caregivers’ own experiences, attitudes, and beliefs in regard to all of these topics.

Child Abuse & Neglect recognizes that child protection is a global concern and that the state of the art continues to evolve. Accordingly, the journal is intended to be useful to scholars, policymakers, concerned citizens, and professional practitioners in countries that are diverse in wealth, culture, and the nature of their formal child protection system. Thus Child Abuse & Neglect welcomes contributions grounded in the traditions of particular cultures and settings. However, international and cross-cultural studies and commentary are of special interest.

The International Journal -CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT

Posted in Parental Alienation PA

Child Protection in Child Custody Cases

Given the frequent contentious nature of litigation surrounding child custody cases, the accuracy of abuse allegations is often questioned. There appears to be a general misconception about the prevalence of false allegations of child abuse in child custody cases. Research suggests that false allegations in child custody cases do not occur any more often than they do in non-custody cases. “Parental Alienation Syndrome” (PAS) and suggestibility are often cited as reasons to discount children’s outcries due to them allegedly being influenced or coached. Too often, child abuse allegations are not even investigated adequately because they are assumed to be a product of “PAS.”Appropriate therapy and interview protocols, ethical techniques, and a clear understanding of the dynamics of child protection in these cases is essential in order to ensure that evaluators do not dismiss a child’s outcries due to misconceptions. It is equally important to choose evaluative measures that have good sensitivity and specificity in the evaluation of abuse. A current literature concerning various ethical issues and appropriate protocols and techniques pertaining to child protection matters in child custody cases are presented.

Child Protection in Child Custody Cases

Posted in Post-traumatic Stress

Stopping time, blocking memory

There is a pain so utter that it swallows substance up
Then covers the abyss with trance—
So memory can step around—across—upon it
As one within a swoon goes safely where an open-eye would drop him—
—Bone by bone

~Emily Dickinson

Often people ask me what it means that they can’t remember much from childhood. I don’t know why they can’t remember, of course. But I do tell them my experience: that there is a huge range of remembrance of our pasts—from hardly recalling anything before mid-adolescence, to very detailed memories even when very young. Brains work a variety of ways and not knowing your past may be totally normal.

Posted in Parental Alienation PA

Scientific Research

Amnesia for childhood sexual abuse is a condition.

The existence of this condition is beyond dispute.

Repression is merely one explanation

– often a confusing and misleading one –

for what causes the condition of amnesia.

Some people sexually abused in childhood

will have periods of amnesia for their abuse,

followed by experiences of delayed recall.


Posted in Parental Alienation PA

The Top 5 Reasons I feel compelled to do something about Parental Alienation

It breaks children. Quite simply it is child abuse, but a big part of the problem is that most people don’t fully understand how detrimental it is not only to the families, but especially to the children caught in the middle. It’s not just the interfering between a child’s natural bond with one of the two people that a child is pre-programmed to love unconditionally—even though that in and of itself is enough cause for concern– but it’s the emotional and psychological manipulation of the child in forcing them to surrender to the disturbed alienating parent’s demands to disown the targeted parent that is most harmful. The demands to which the child yields to for the sake of self–preservation. Think about that for a second. A child is forced to say that they hate and/or fear a loving parent whom they naturally love completely and unconditionally. Otherwise they face the wrath of the alienating parent which includes verbal reproaches, withholding of affection, and the threat of losing the love and support of the only parent that they are allowed to have in their lives. Its equivalent to saying to a child, “You’ve lost that parent (whom I am not allowing you to see) already, do you also want to lose me? Where will you live? Who will take care of you? Realize that if you don’t surrender to my demands I WILL disown you!

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Child abuse: Parental mental illness, learning disability, substance misuse, and domestic violence


Child abuse: Parental mental illness, learning disability, substance misuse and domestic violence 2nd edition HEDY CLEAVER, IRA UNELL AND JANE ALDGATE

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The Neurobiology of Child Abuse

We easily understand how beating a child may damage the developing brain, but what about the all-too-common psychological abuse of children? Because the abuse was not physical, these children may be told, as adults, that they should just “get over it.”

But as developmental neuropsychiatrist Martin H. Teicher reveals, scientists are discovering some startling connections between abuse of all kinds and both permanent debilitating changes in the brain and psychiatric problems ranging from panic attacks to posttraumatic stress disorder. In these surprising physical consequences of psychological trauma, Teicher sees not only a wake-up call for our society but hope for new treatments.

Posted in Parentification

The debate around the inclusion of Parental Alienation in DSM-5

Trainee Prize Award Winner
Psychopathology and theconceptualisation of mental disorder:The debate around the inclusion of Parental Alienation in DSM-5
Sue Whitcombe
Content and Focus:
This paper will briefly consider the general conceptualisation of mental disorder before focusing on the specific case of Parental Alienation (PA), variously termed a disorder or a syndrome.By virtue of the recent debate surrounding its potential inclusion in the newest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), this is a topical example. A critical analysis of the petition for its inclusion within DSM-5 will both highlight the range of professionals’ views, and also consider ethical and practical issues inherent in the conceptualisation of a mental disorder and its classification within the evolving DSM. Following this general and specific conceptualisation of mental disorder, the tensions that diagnosis raises for counselling psychology will be briefly deliberated. The positive aspects of classification and diagnosis will be acknowledged, whilst highlighting the focus on the subjective experience of individual clients.
Despite the controversy about the concept, validity and reliability of PA, the evidence suggests that there is more agreement than disagreement among practitioners and professionals in the field. Whilst there is a general consensus that alienation exists within a distinct population who would benefit from intervention, there is no consensus on its inclusion in DSM-5. Irrespective of its inclusion in any nosology,the recent debate has highlighted the need for further research. A greater understanding of the processes,symptoms and behaviours involved in PA will enable the needs of children and families involved in high- conflict separation to be better addressed.

Posted in Alienation, Parentification, PAS

#PAS ~ If It Was Terrorism Would The Governments Act?

Posted in Alienation, Parentification, PAS

Parental Alienation and Parental Kidnap to be recognised as crimes against children

Parental Alienation and Parental Kidnap infringe upon the rights of the child to know of its parentage and also exposes the child to potential emotional difficulties in later life, if the child is ever reconciled with the truth. Parental Alienation and Parental Kidnap serves only the emotional desires and wishes [not needs] of the custodial spouse, over the rights, needs and well-being of both the child and of the absent spouse and so, this is not prioritising the protection and the well-being of the child and is therefore in our opinion, a direct form of legalised child abuse.