Parental Alienation Syndrome

Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS), a now-debunked concept, gained attention in the 1980s as an attempt to explain and discredit children’s sexual abuse claims in high-conflict child custody cases. However, it is essential to understand that PAS has been discredited by numerous professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the American Bar Association.

PAS was initially proposed as a way to explain complex family dynamics by suggesting that one parent intentionally alienated the child from the other parent and influenced the child to make false claims of sexual abuse. This theory placed blame on the alienating parent and pathologized the child’s behavior. However, extensive research and critical analysis have found no scientific basis for PAS, and it is no longer considered a valid or recognized psychological syndrome.