Parental alienation is a real issue that many parents across the state face after a divorce. It has the potential to tear your family apart even more than the divorce itself. On top of that, it can leave lasting scars on all involved parties.
What should you know about parental alienation? Exactly how much risk does it pose? And how should you work to combat it once you notice the signs?
What is parental alienation?
The Psychiatric Times looks at parental alienation and why it occurs. In most cases, the cause stems from a disgruntled co-parent. They decide that they want to damage the relationship between you and your child. They often go to great lengths to accomplish this goal, including using manipulative and harmful tactics. In fact, many courts classify parental alienation as an act of abuse.
The actions a parent takes to alienate you can and does often lead to that alienation happening. This has a lasting impact on both the child that they lied to, and you.
How does PAS affect your child?
Meanwhile, Psychology Today discusses the impact of parental alienation syndrome (PAS). This is the syndrome that often results from parental alienation. Children can suffer the impact for years, well into adulthood. Adults who suffered from PAS complain about recurring issues with relationships. They struggle to form bonds with peers and keep romantic ties. Many claim they have trouble trusting others, which experts believe stems from the childhood abuse.
Adult sufferers of PAS also adopt unhealthy coping mechanisms at times. Studies show they often struggle with alcohol or drug abuse, or gambling addictions. These long term effects add to the urgency of handling cases of parental alienation as soon as possible.