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Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) — Links, Resources, Articles


Dr. Baker recently published a book on Parental Alienation: Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome: Breaking the Ties that Bind (Norton Professional Book) by Amy J. L. Baker (Hardcover - April 15, 2007)

Parental Alienation ~ Emotional Kidnapping

Listen well to what Alec Baldwin says as he is being interviewed in the third video in the series. It shows how hard it is even for men who were put through the parental-alienation grinder to get away from preconception and perhaps even all-out indoctrination about men’s paternal rights.

At minute 2:22, Alec Baldwin states that men have to earn 50:50 custody. Why would that not be true of women?

At minute 3:12 Alec Baldwin mentions that he has no respect for men who abuse women and fight for custody to gain power out of spite, for no other reason than to hurt women. Well, why does that not cut both ways?

The point that one needs to pay attention to is that if not even the target in a case of parental alienation feels that equal rights come into the picture when awarding equally or equitably shared parenting, then why would he expect the judges to have more objectivity than such a victimized father does?

If you would like to post an observation about the preceding videos and comments, you can do so at The divorce from hell?

Parental Alienation Syndrome

Forensic Psychologist

Deirdre Conway Rand, PhD — A review of work done by Dr. Richard Gardner and others:


This three-part article reviews the literature on the Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) as formulated by Dr. Richard Gardner and seeks to integrate his work with research on high conflict divorce and the work of other professionals in this arena.  Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) is a distinctive form of high conflict divorce in which the child becomes aligned with one parent and preoccupied with unjustified and/or exaggerated denigration of the other, target parent.   In severe cases, the child's once love-bonded relationship with the target/rejected parent is destroyed.  Part 11 begins with sections on the child in PAS, the target/alienated par ant and the third parties who become involved, including family, friends, lawyers, mental health professionals, and sometimes cults.  The material presented on PAS in the legal arena is devoted to what attorneys and judges have to say about PAS, which can be a key issue in certain dependency and criminal proceedings, as well as in family law court.  The discussion of forensic evaluations and PAS includes contributions by custody evaluators and others who recommend considering PAS as a possible explanation when child sex abuse is alleged in certain contexts. Case vignettes in Part II illustrate psychological maltreatment of the child in severe PAS, a case in which Child Protective Services was mobilized to bring pressure on the alienating parent to reverse the PAS, and the use of PAS testimony in criminal proceedings against a falsely accused parent.  Part III will be devoted to interventions in PAS, including some difficult but effective interventions implemented by the author, her husband, Randy Rand, Ed.D., and a team of interveners, including the judge and guardian ad litem.

    Copyright 1997 American Journal of Forensic Psychology, Volume 15 Issue 4. The Journal is a publication of the American College of Forensic Psychology, P.O. Box 5870, Balboa Island, CA 92662.  

  • Part I — Description of the problem (AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY, VOLUME 15, NUMBER 3, 1997)
  • Part II — Description of possible solutions required and possible, and the roles played by the various players in the tragedy of PAS — outside and within Family Court (AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY, VOLUME 15, NUMBER 4, 1997)
  • Parenting Disputes in Divorce: Facilitating the Development of Parenting Plans Through Parent Education and Therapeutic Family Mediation, by Dr. Edward Kruk
  • PAS Links

  • Psychological and Structural Factors Contributing to Disengagement [of fathers after divorce or separation], by Dr. Edward Kruk
  • Shared Parenting after Separation, by Dr. Edward Kruk
  • Edward Kruk, Ph.D..  Address details and references to other writings by him are accessible at http://www.swfs.ubc.ca/about_us/faculty_pages/kruk.htm and at his own website.

Subject:  ACFC: Hot call-in show in Rhode Island
    Date:  Thu, 17 Dec 1998 02:14:21 -0700 (MST)
   From:  acfc-l@usa.net

Thanks to Dianna Thompson for sending us the following.



Parental Alienation Author Hosts New Radio Call-in Show...

Douglas Darnall, Ph.D., author of "Divorce Casualties: Protecting Your Children From Parental Alienation", is hosting a new radio talk show titled, "People Talk." We hope you will tune in.

Dr. Darnall is a licensed psychologist with many years experience in custody evaluations and family court. He recently appeared on Court TV to discuss a case in the news of alleged parental alienation.

The radio show's coverage area includes parts of Arizona - including Phoenix - Rhode Island, and parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The first show covers information about parental alienation, and lobbying for legislative change.  Dr. Darnall's guest is Lee Bernasek, co-host of the Cleveland, Ohio, WERE radio show, "Is There Justice."

"People Talk, hosted by Dr. Douglas Darnall" airs live in the Providence, Rhode Island and surrounding area on Mondays, 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., Eastern Time on W.A.L.E. 990 AM Radio.

The show is then re-broadcast in the Arizona coverage area on Fridays, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mountain Time, on K.F.N.X. 1100 AM Radio, Phoenix, Arizona.

Future guests, in order of appearance, include:

-- Dr. Paul Tanner, member of the original Glenn Miller Orchestra.

-- Dianna Thompson, Executive Director of The American Coalition  for Fathers and Children.

-- Sanford L. Braver, Ph.D., and Diane O'Connell, authors of  "Divorced Dads: Shattering the Myths."

Callers are given the opportunity to speak with Dr. Darnall and his guests during the live broadcast of the radio talk show by means of a toll-free phone number.

For more information please visit Dr. Darnall's web site, which is updated frequently.

On the web site, Dr. Darnall is also looking for "success stories" of people who have been the target of parental alienation and have resolved the issues.

He would like to hear from you:



Basic Facts About The Parental Alienation Syndrome

Misinformation vs. Facts about Richard A. Gardner, M.D.

  • http://www.kidsneedboth.org/ Center for Education on Parental Alienation, Inc
    Lakeland, Florida

  • PsyCare Foundation, Web site by by Douglas Darnall, Ph.D.

  • Family Courts.com — A web site "To educate the American public about divorce and the state-sponsored abuse of children taking place in our family courts today and to propagate reform for the betterment of all generations to come."

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2001 02 09 (format changes)
2002 03 05 (added link to Table of Contents)
2002 05 06 (added additional links under the entry for Dr. Richard Gardner)
2003 04 12 (added entry for PAS Directory Douglas Darnall)
2005 04 20 (added entry for Cult of Parenthood)
2005 06 19 (added link to "Hugs to Heartbreak")
2009 03 31 (added reference to article on gender bias in PAS cases)
2010 12 24 (added video display on PAS)
2013 02 18 (updated link for Center for Education on Parental Alienation)