Jim Hogan talks about Parental Alienation and how harmful it is to the children who are stuck in the middle of divorce.
I have been maintaining for years that a parent who alienates a child against the other parent is guilty of child abuse. At best it should be a criminal offense, no different from a parent willfully breaking the arm of a their child. At the least it should be grounds for government agencies to remove the child from the alienator’s home and place the child with the target parent.
Parental Alienation is a disorder found in many children with divorcing parents. This syndrome is an estrangement of the child from one parent, caused by the intentional (or unconcious) efforts of the other parent. The process involves the alienating parent making defamatory comments and hostile statements about the target parent in front of the child on a regular basis, in an effort to manipulate the child’s feelings towards them.