A Stepwise Approach to Evaluating Children for Parental Alienation Syndrome

  title={A Stepwise Approach to Evaluating Children for Parental Alienation Syndrome},
  author={Elizabeth Marrkilyi Ellis},
  journal={Journal of Child Custody},
  pages={55 - 78}
  • E. Ellis
  • Published 30 January 2008
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Child Custody
ABSTRACT Parental alienation syndrome continues to be a term that is widely used in child custody conflicts but which is also controversial. Previous authors have defined the term but have not established a standardized assessment process for PAS. The author emphasizes the importance of focusing on the child's behavior, then proceeding through a three step process: (1) determining if the refusal of contact with the parent is extreme and the alienation is severe, (2) determining if there is no… 

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