An Objective Measure of Splitting in Parental Alienation: The Parental Acceptance–Rejection Questionnaire

  title={An Objective Measure of Splitting in Parental Alienation: The Parental Acceptance–Rejection Questionnaire},
  author={William Bernet and Nilgun Gregory and Kathleen M. Reay and Ronald P. Rohner},
  journal={Journal of Forensic Sciences},
Both clinicians and forensic practitioners should distinguish parental alienation (rejection of a parent without legitimate justification) from other reasons for contact refusal. Alienated children—who were not abused—often engage in splitting and lack ambivalence with respect to the rejected parent; children who were maltreated usually perceive the abusive parent in an ambivalent manner. The purpose of this study was to assess the usefulness of the Parental Acceptance–Rejection Questionnaire… 

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Commentary on: An objective measure of splitting in parental alienation: the Parental Acceptance‐Rejection Questionnaire. J Forensic Sci Epub 2017 Aug 17

  • V. Puppo
  • Psychology
    Journal of forensic sciences
  • 2018
Clinicians and forensic practitioners must not consider the Parental Acceptance–Rejection Questionnaire for the diagnosis of parental alienation because PAS is not a disease and the resort to PAS in courts must be rejected.


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