What is Parental Alienation?
Parental alienation is the process, and the result, of the psychological manipulation of a child into showing unwarranted fear, disrespect or hostility towards a parent and/or other family members. It is a distinctive and widespread form of psychological abuse and family violence —towards both the child and the rejected family members—that occurs almost exclusively in association with family separation or divorce (particularly where legal action is involved) and that undermines core principles of both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Most commonly, the primary cause is a parent wishing to exclude another parent from the life of their child, but other family members or friends, as well as professionals involved with the family (including psychologists, lawyers and judges), may contribute significantly to the process. It often leads to the long-term, or even permanent, estrangement of a child from one parent and other family members and, as a particularly adverse childhood experience, results in significantly increased risks of both mental and physical illness for children. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parental_alienation
Parental Alienation IS Child Abuse
- Mental Health professionals (psychiatrist, psychologist, social workers, counselors, therapists) have already determined the acts and behaviors that constitute parental alienation (PA) are psychologically and emotionally abusive to the child and are detrimental to the child's normal healthy emotional development. Usually, only the former spouse and other intimate partners are aware of the abusive behavior and were oftentimes subjected to it themselves.
- This abuse is as dangerous as physical and sexual abuse for a child and must be prevented as much as possible.
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