A Critical Analysis of Parental Alienation Syndrome and Its Admissibility in the Family Court

@article{Walker2004ACA,
  title={A Critical Analysis of Parental Alienation Syndrome and Its Admissibility in the Family Court},
  author={Lenore E. Walker and Kristi L. Brantley and Justin A. Rigsbee},
  journal={Journal of Child Custody},
  year={2004},
  volume={1},
  pages={47 - 74}
}
Abstract Over the past three decades, parental alienation syndrome (PAS) has been proposed to explain behaviors by a child who refuses to spend time with a parent and actually denigrates that parent within the context of a child custody dispute. Although some mental health professionals and child custody evaluators, attorneys, and judges have been quick to accept and admit PAS as evidence in these disputes, there has been no consistent empirical or clinical evidence that PAS exists or that the… 

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