Parental Alienation is a real and serious family court problem. While we prefer Collaborative Divorce and Mediation, there are times and cases when parents need to go to court. These cases are not common, but when they occur, they are devastating. Nanci understands that this is a form of child abuse. She is available for consultation for these complex cases and can make appropriate referrals.
The currently accepted criteria for diagnosis of Parental Alienation involves a 5 Factor Model, established by Amy Baker. This model takes into consideration the actions and attitudes of the child, the rejected parent and the favored parent;
Factor One: The child actively avoids, resists or refuses a relationship with a parent.
Factor Two: There is the presence of a prior positive relationship between the child and the now rejected parent.
Factor Three: The is an absence of abuse or neglect or other seriously deficient parenting on the part of the now rejected parent.
Factor Four: The favored parent uses multiple alienating behaviors.
Factor Five: The child exhibits many or all of the eight behavioral manifestation of alienation:
- Campaign of denigration
- Weak, frivolous or absurd reasons for the rejection
- Lack of ambivalence
- The “independent thinker” phenomenon
- Reflective support for the favored parent
- Absence of guilt
- Borrowed scenarios
- Spread of animosity to the friends and family of the rejected parent
If you believe you are being alienated from your children when you previously enjoyed a healthy and connected relationship, let’s talk about what may be happening.