Recommended treatments for “parental alienation syndrome” (PAS) may cause children foreseeable and lasting psychological harm

@article{Dallam2016RecommendedTF,
  title={Recommended treatments for “parental alienation syndrome” (PAS) may cause children foreseeable and lasting psychological harm},
  author={Stephanie J. Dallam and Joyanna L. Silberg},
  journal={Journal of Child Custody},
  year={2016},
  volume={13},
  pages={134 - 143}
}
ABSTRACT The coercive and punitive “therapies” recommended for children diagnosed with parental alienation constitute an ethical minefield and are especially inappropriate when used on children who have already been traumatized. Forced reunification against a child’s will and without taking into consideration the child’s point of view and emotional well-being, can be expected to reinforce a sense of helplessness and powerlessness in an already vulnerable child. Such “treatment” can be expected… Expand
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