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Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS)

What is PAS?

PAS is a term used to describe a situation in which a child becomes estranged from one parent due to the manipulation of the other parent. In severe cases of PAS, the child may develop a complete dependence on the alienating parent and view the alienated parent as an enemy.

What causes PAS?

PAS is often caused by a parent who is unable to accept the end of the relationship and who tries to turn the child against the other parent. This can be done through a variety of means, such as:

  • Badmouthing the other parent to the child
  • Making false accusations about the other parent
  • Preventing the child from seeing or talking to the other parent
  • Trying to control the child’s life

What are the signs of PAS?

The signs of PAS can vary depending on the severity of the situation. Some common signs include:

  • The child refuses to see or talk to the alienated parent.
  • The child makes false accusations against the alienated parent.
  • The child expresses extreme anger or hatred towards the alienated parent.
  • The child becomes overly dependent on the alienating parent.

How is PAS treated?

PAS can be a very difficult condition to treat. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and the best treatment will vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case. However, some common treatments include:

  • Therapy for the child
  • Therapy for the parents
  • Parent-child education
  • Mediation

How can I prevent PAS?

The best way to prevent PAS is to communicate with your child about the end of the relationship in a positive and age-appropriate way. It is important to avoid badmouthing the other parent to the child and to allow the child to have a relationship with both parents.

If you are concerned that your child may be experiencing PAS, it is important to seek professional help immediately.

Here are some additional resources about PAS:

  • The American Psychological Association: <כתובת URL לא תקינה שהוסרה>
  • The National Association of Parental Alienation Specialists: <כתובת URL לא תקינה שהוסרה>
  • The book “Parental Alienation: The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals”: <כתובת URL לא תקינה שהוסרה>

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