Parental Alienation 101: Understanding the Basics

No one is born hating another person… People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. – Nelson Mandela

American psychiatrist, Dr. Richard Gardner, coined the term and concept “Parental Alienation System” (PAS) back in 1985, based on work he had conducted in the 1980’s, to describe what happens when one parent prejudices a child against another parent.

Here is how Dr. Gardner originally articulated the idea: “The parental alienation syndrome (PAS) is a disorder that arises primarily in the context of child-custody disputes. Its primary manifestation is the child’s campaign of denigration against the parent, a campaign that has no justification. The disorder results from the combination of indoctrinations by the alienating parent and the child’s own contributions to the vilification of the alienated parent.”

Dr. Gardner and likeminded scholars have always carefully distinguished alienation – in which the child rejects a parent for no good reason – from estrangement – in which a child rejects a parent for understandable reasons, such as abuse, neglect or criminal behavior.

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