Residents of Friendswood and other parts of Texas may want to learn more about why parental alienation, or PA, is not in the best interests of your children. Rather than benefiting your child, PA puts them at risk for a host of problems, such as depression, relationship issues, and substance abuse. Families suffer damage every year because of the issue of PA.
What is PA?
According to Psychiatric Times, PA is a mental condition in which a child connects strongly with a preferred parent. They reject a relationship with the other parent without legitimate justification. This often happens during a high-conflict divorce or separation. There is no good reason for this alienation, and the alienated parent suffers unwarranted rejection.
How is PA identified?
A child may have been playful and loving to this parent when the family was together and the child was younger. At the time of separation between the parents, this changes without an obvious reason. The good news is that prevention and treatment are possible.
In mild cases, a family law judge might order a parent to stop undermining the other parent in the eyes of the child. A parenting coordinator may also meet with the parents.
In more serious cases, one parent has an obsession with destroying the child’s relationship with the other parent. This leads to severe PA where the child persistently and adamantly refuses contact with the rejected parent. They may hide or run away to avoid being with the alienated parent.
It is important for workers in child protection to recognize child psychological abuse. Psychological damage is real and could have lasting effects when that child grows up, so a parent experiencing alienation may want to ask their family law attorney about their options.