- Series: Behavioral Science and Law
- Hardcover: 550 pages
- Publisher: Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd; Har/Cdr edition (December 13, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0398088810
- ISBN-13: 978-0398088811
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
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Parental Alienation: The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals (Behavioral Science and Law) Har/Cdr Edition
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"The three editors of this book have an amazing pedigree. Their chapter contributors are eminently qualified. Common sense and good authorship directed standardization of definitions and terminology from chapter authors. Vignettes are used to complement theory. There is a Supplemental Reference Guide CD-ROM with 500 parental alienation (PA) cases from the U.S. and Canada. It has over 1,000 bibliographic entries with 25 sample motions." - American Journal of Forensic Psychology
Perusal of this book is a wise use of professional time when we consider the breadth of services required by youth and their families who face multiple degrees of conflict associated with separation and divorce. It is an essential read for health and human service workers, legal professionals, and the Court. Whether we must consult or testify; simply provide consultation, assessment, and care; or understand a judicial decision, the book exposes readers to ... perspectives that we as professionals should understand and utilize ...." - Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
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I see the same unscientific methods in report after report of PA devotees. The evaluator simply accepts the statements of the rejected parent, declares that the preferred parent and child are lying, claim that "parental alienation syndrome" is valid (although it is widely rejected as junk science), and claim that it is widely accepted (when it is not). Bernet has written that children do not reject abusive parents. Therefore, if the child rejects a parent it must be alienation. This is absurd.
Many children have one parent who is warm, supportive, has done most of the parenting, and is the primary attachment figure, and another parent who is somewhat cold, harsh and has not been a major caretaker. When the latter parent suddenly demands the child be in his house for half of the week, often only to be with sitters, the children become upset. Then the PAS devotees come in and claim parental alienation because the child objects to being away from her primary attachment figure for much of the week. The child's rejection of the not so good parent arises as a result of the false allegations of alienation and insistence the child be away from her primary attachment figure.
A review of the literature shows numerous well qualified child researchers who have done actual research showing that the basic tenets of parental alienation devotees are wrong. These researchers are not paid for their research and are not focused on making money testifying against PAS. Then there are a small number of PA advocates who write books (for money), sell their articles, focus their career on testifying in court making large amounts of money saying a child is rejecting a parent because of alienation. The "research" of the parental alienation group generally consists of individual case reports or showing that different reviewers using the same criteria agree on the finding. They have yet to do the key research showing that PAS differentiates between estrangement (rejection of a parent because of the parent's behavior) and alienation. One of the big names in PA does her evaluations by reading the emails between the parents, and does not interview anyone.
In the next version we implore you to be more gender neutral in your stories and be mindful of the adjective and objectifying that runs rampant in this handbook. Start paying attention to family law symposiums and how many times they use the pronoun "She" when describing the negative parent, in their stories.