Dr. Amy Baker on Parental Alienation

Dr. Amy Baker on Parental Alienation

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Dallas, TX

#1 Aug 9, 2011
Dr. Amy Baker says that “there is no question that parental alienation meets” the legal standard in many states. Read her article here (Psychology Today, 7/22/11).

Those who oppose the admissibility of PAS or the testimony of experts on PAS sound increasingly desperate in their attacks on it. As I pointed out not long ago, another article in Psychology Today made blatantly false claims about PAS (it’s only used by fathers against mothers) and cited long-out-of-date data in support of their claims. Another tactic is to smear the originator of the term, Dr. Richard Gardner, who is now dead and can’t defend himself or his research.

The knee-jerk reaction to PAS has little or nothing to do with science and much to do with a desire to deny fathers custody of and access to children. Anyone who reads even a little bit about PAS well knows that both mothers and fathers are guilty of alienating their children. So the claim that PAS is nothing more than an attack by fathers on mothers’ parental rights is flat untrue.

What is true is that mothers have 84% of primary custody in this country. Therefore, it is statistically more probable that it will be a mother who’s alienating a child from a father than the converse. So those opposed to fathers having access to children decry the growing awareness and acceptance of PAS as a blow to mothers’ hegemony in family court.

But theirs is a losing battle and Dr. Baker’s writing will give them little comfort.

Read the rest at http://www.fathersandfamilies.org/...

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