June 2, 2011
Parental Alienation Syndrome
The competition to get your favorite disease recognized in the bible of mental health, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, can be as fierce as the talent contest in the Little Miss St. Paul Contest. The American Psychiatric Association is contemplating adding something called "parental alienation syndrome" (PAS) to the new edition of the DSM, scheduled to be published in May 2013, and the question has launched a national lobbying and letter-writing campaign on both sides. That angry letters and editorials might play any part in a debate about mental health and custody disputes probably tells you most of what you need to know about the validity of PAS.
They want, in other words, to affix a name, some blame, and also a price tag on a broad range of child responses to a custody fight—some perfectly justified and some not—in the hopes of expanding its use in court.
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Lithwick's article was biased and unfortunate. It turned a very, very gray issue into something black and white - a place where people were either supported by science or had an agenda to destroy families. In an effort to start a discussion I blogged about it twice on my new blog Family Law - Shifting the Paradigm. Here is the link to the second of the two posts (which links to the first as well): http://famlawshiftingparadigm.blogspot.com/2011/05/parental-alienation-syndrome-starting.html. This issue needs to be discussed, not demonized.
Posted by: Rebecca | Jun 2, 2011 2:16:31 AM