Parental alienation syndrome.
There is a surprisingly, even alarmingly, wide and sharp divergence of opinion about the validity of this so-called syndrome, one which is not presently recognized by any reputable national association of psychiatrists or psychologists.
Yet it has become an almost-trendy catchphrase, increasingly bandied about in child custody cases.
Sometimes, virtually determining the outcome of such cases.
Too often, brandished all too successfully by none other than … abusers of children.
Sometimes, all but stripping the non-abusive, protective parent of any contact with the children – or restricting the the non-abusive, protective parent to supervised contact.
In other words, sentencing the children to almost continuous control and abuse by the falsely accusing parent. And punishing the non-abusive parent for trying to protect the children.
Usually based on uncorroborated allegations.
Read more about this disturbing development in Junk science or truth? ‘Parental alienation syndrome’ increasingly cited in child custody fights.