Is Parental Alienation Disorder a Valid Concept? Not According to Scientific Evidence. A Review of Parental Alienation, DSM-5 and ICD-11 by William Bernet

  title={Is Parental Alienation Disorder a Valid Concept? Not According to Scientific Evidence. A Review of Parental Alienation, DSM-5 and ICD-11 by William Bernet},
  author={M. Brianna Pepiton and Lindsey J. Alvis and Kenneth E. Allen and Gregory Logid},
  journal={Journal of Child Sexual Abuse},
  pages={244 - 253}
This article reviews a recent book arguing how a concept known as parental alienation syndrome—now parental alienation disorder—should be included in official psychiatric/psychological and medical classification diagnostic manuals. Anecdotal cases and opinion are presented as research and scientific evidence, and stories are presented as research studies. In addition, the book often contradicts itself in different sections. The author is not familiar with scientific methodology, confuses… Expand
Parental alienation, DSM-5, and ICD-11: response to critics.
  • W. Bernet, A. Baker
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  • 2013
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