The parents I interviewed often commented about how ineffective they find the family court system. They reported that programs referred to as “reunification programs” required by the court often attempt to mandate co-parenting without an initial assessment of the family dynamics to screen for parental alienation, or without an analysis of the severity of the alienation if found. They also frequently noted a lack of recognition that parents with diagnosed personality disorders are incapable of co-parenting due to their lack of empathy for other family members.
Once a Five-Factor Assessment has been completed with a diagnosis of parental alienation (not all parent rejection is caused by alienation because sometimes there is a legitimate cause) and the level of alienation determined, an appropriate treatment plan can be made. Although there is a growing body of research about severe alienation, there is less known about the mild or moderate range of parental alienation. Informative new research is being conducted to help us better understand where the cut-off points on the continuum lie, along with exploring new methods of teaching both parents and children skills regarding problem-solving, critical thinking, and creative ways to develop new coping skills.
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