What is Parent Alienation Syndrome?

Forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Richard A. Gardner, first identified Parental Alienation Syndrome in the 1980's. He noticed a dramatic increase in
the frequency of a disorder rarely observed before, that of programming or brainwashing of a child by one parent to denigrate the other parent.

However, the disorder wasn't just brainwashing or programming by a parent. It was confounded by what Dr. Gardner calls "self-created contributions by the child" in support of the alienating parent's campaign of denigration against the targeted parent. He called this disorder Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS),
a new term that includes the contribution to
the problem made by both the parent and the child.

Gardner's definition of PAS is:

"Every adult needs a child to teach; it's the way adults learn." - Frank A. Clark, Columnist

1. The Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) is a disorder that arises primarily in the context of child-custody disputes.
  2.   Its primary manifestation is the child's campaign of denigration against a parent, a campaign that has no justification.
  3.   It results from the combination of a programming (brainwashing) of a parent's indoctrinations and the child's own contributions to the vilification of the targeted parent.

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