There has always been a question if parents (especially mothers) who alienate their children from their fathers realize that what they are doing is a form of child abuse.
Parental alienation syndrome (PAS) is a psychological condition most often observed in children affected by a high conflict divorce of their parents, or an unexpected separation.
The effects of parental alienation syndrome can last well into adulthood and may last for a lifetime with tragic consequences. This is a good reason for women and men alike to realize that although you can always divorce a partner, children never divorce their parents.
Amy Baker, Ph D, writes “parental alienation involves a set of strategies, including bad-mouthing the other parent, limiting contact with that parent, erasing the other parent from the life and mind of the child (forbidding discussion and pictures of the other parent), forcing the child to reject the other parent, creating the impression that the other parent is dangerous, and belittling and limiting contact with the extended family of the targeted parent.”
Research with “adult children” of parental alienation syndrome confirms that being exposed to parental alienation represents a form of emotional abuse.
The effects of PAS can last well into adulthood and may last for a lifetime with tragic consequences.
There are other adult children victims of PAS who keep in their heart a deep resentment against every family member of their mother or father. Mainly it would be a father. And when they find out that their father is dead, they would likely turn aggressive toward his relatives, because they (the children) know they (the relatives) have never moved a finger to reach out to their father — who loved them dearly — to reunite them before it was too late.
Emotional abuse is the ongoing emotional maltreatment or emotional neglect of a child. It’s sometimes called psychological abuse and can seriously damage a child’s emotional health and development.