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What causes parental alienation syndrome?

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2017 | Divorce

Texan parents who get a divorce have a lot to consider when it comes to raising their child, as divorces on their own can be quite traumatic. While some may feel that alienating their child from the other parent is the best route to go, you can actually cause more harm than good by doing so.

Secluding a child from one of their parents can create parental alienation syndrome, or PAS. This can create emotional hostility that would not have otherwise existed, or confusion and even shame if they are being taught that they should not hold affection for one parent but still do.

Signs of PAS can include:

  • Sudden relationship deterioration
  • False allegations of abuse are made
  • The other parent blocks contact with you
  • The child requests not to see you

The key aspects involve a rapid breakdown of your relationship, false accusations, or the child insulting you or finding reasons as to why they don’t want to spend time with you. These signs are much more noticeable if you had a great relationship with your child before the other parent began to turn them against you. However, as children are not usually subtle, it will likely be easy for you to pick up on the fact that something is wrong fairly quickly.

If you believe your child may be suffering from PAS and would like to learn more about it, check out our web page featuring the different symptoms that can indicate parental alienation syndrome. While signs may differ from child to child, these are big indicators to keep an eye out for.