Parental Alienation Syndrome

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     There is an ongoing debate over whether Parental Alienation Syndrome ("PAS") should be listed in the upcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). PAS is described as a mental condition in which a child, usually one whose parents are engaged in a high conflict Michigan divorce, allies strongly with one parent, and rejects a relationship with the other parent, without legitimate justification.  Family courts are very familiar with parental alienation and most judges have dealt with it many times.
     There is a problem with categorizing PAS as a mental disorder - it is influenced by gender bias. A Parent may influence their children into telling lies about the other parent. It is a bad idea to use medical science to justify a concept so rooted in gender bias. “PAS is a label that offers a particular explanation for a breach in relationship between a child and parent, but insofar as that breach could be explained in other ways, it is not itself a medical or psychological diagnosis so much as a particular legal hypothesis.” (Joan S. Meier, clinical professor at George Washington School of Law) 
The initial proponent of PAS was Dr. Richard Gardner. Due to the limited scientific research to back up the reliability of PAS as a syndrome, some Michigan courts have ruled that evidence of this nature is inadmissible, however, that hasn’t stopped some divorce attorneys from taking the general concept of PAS and discussing it in the context of simply “parental alienation.”  Courts have a hard time holding evidence of alienation inadmissible, and thus family court judges in Michigan regularly adopt alienation explanations as a way of rejecting allegations of child abuse.
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