When courts accept what science rejects: Custody issues concerning the alleged “parental alienation syndrome”

@article{Clemente2016WhenCA,
  title={When courts accept what science rejects: Custody issues concerning the alleged “parental alienation syndrome”},
  author={Miguel Clemente and Dolores Padilla-Racero},
  journal={Journal of Child Custody},
  year={2016},
  volume={13},
  pages={126 - 133}
}
ABSTRACT “Parental alienation syndrome” (PAS) is unscientific and is an affront to children, women who hold the custody of children of separated couples, science, human rights, and the justice system itself. Justice, to be just, should be based on scientifically proven theories and evidence. This article describes investigations carried out to show that two of the principles that underpin PAS are false: That children lie when pressed (alienated in the terminology of PAS), and that the principle… 

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