Parental Alienation Syndrome – Part 2

See Parental Alienation Syndrome – Part I

4.  Can toddlers or young children be part of the Parental Alienation Syndrome?

For this to successfully occur, a child must have a certain level of maturity.  An essential factor of the Parental Alienation Syndrome needs the involvement of children in the process of denigration against the other parent.  The child must be able to work with the alienating parent.

5.  What would motivate a parent to alienate his or her children from their other parent?

There are several motivators associated with the induction of the Parental Alienation Syndrome in children.  Two of the most common are: 1) intense resentment of and anger toward the other parent and 2) fear of losing one’s children.  The alienating parent is relentless and unyielding in his or her efforts to malign the targeted parent.  The alienating parent appears to be oblivious to the damage that Parental Alienation Syndrome is causing the children.  Many alienating parents argue that they are protecting their children from the targeted parent.

6.  What is the best approach to use if the Parental Alienation Syndrome is suspected?

There is no one approach to use in dealing with the Parental Alienation Syndrome.  Each case is different and needs to be assessed individually.  The one thing that all cases of the Parental Alienation Syndrome have in common is  – it won’t go away without a strategy!  Believing that the alienating parent will relent is a mistake.  Sadly, an alienating parent will only retreat when he or she feels satisfied that the children have been successfully alienated from the targeted parent.  Waiting for things to get better in these cases is something that will not likely happen without a carefully considered plan.