DETECTION OF PAS

Parental Alienation

Detection, especially in the last stages, may seem difficult. The “truth” of the family becomes very relative. However, typical patterns in PAS allow for detection by a professional familiar with this form of family conflict:

  1. Contradictions: This is relevant especially when the child’s own statements are contradictory, or they contradict factual history or the perceptions of unbiased individuals;

  2. Child has inappropriate and unnecessary information (e.g., “My dad had an affair while my mom was in the hospital having me,” or, “My mom wanted me aborted”);

  3. Child engages in character assault: This can include the use of globally negative descriptions for which the child has trouble coming up with specifics sufficient to justify them;

  4. Collusion and one-sided alliance with the AP: This is often given away by the use of blended pronouns (e.g. “When my dad left us …,” or, “We don’t have enough money to live on”);

  5. Child parrots themes…

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