The latest book on Parental Alienation Syndrome has been released through The Center For Human Potential and can be ordered at http://www.drbobevans.com PAS is a controversial issue in both the legal and mental health professions. This book is a concise overview of PAS and presents the controversial issues that need to be considered. The authors, Drs. Evans and Bone, provide an objective view of the disorder with specific suggestions on dealing with it as a targeted parent. Included in the book is a handy PAS Journal that a parent can use to document specific data and incidents of what is happening to them and their children.
Some excerpts from the book:
-- The campaign of denigration is like a public relations campaign to convince the audience, in this case an evaluator or therapist, about the abusiveness, neglectfulness, and unloving of the other parent. Frequently the parent who brings the child will just sit back and shrug and go, "I wish they felt differently but that's just the way they are". So the presentation carries the appearance that this is coming solely from the child and the connection for the relationship between the parent and child is sort of puppeteer, the puppeteer is often very successfully hidden.
-- Living with an alienating parent is continual exposure to emotionally charged situations where the child is in an environment where there are a lot of expressions of anger and hostility towards the targeted parent. That negative energy is contagious. The child picks up on that energy. This is the breeding ground for depression, feelings of rejection, and poor self-esteem in the child, all emanating from the negativity that is in the alienating parent's home.
-- PAS is very real; it is very valid; and it is very well documented. The phenomenon admittedly needs more research and discussion; there is no doubt about it. Our focus should, however, should be on the harm PAS does to children, especially when they lose their relationship with a loving parent. In fact when PAS is not acknowledged it can be life-threatening.
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