Book Review
Volume 7 Issue 8 - 2018
Demosthenes Lorandos, William Bernet, and SR Sauber (2013) Parental Alienation: Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals
Wilfrid Von Boch-Galhau1*, Christiane Förster2 and Jorge Guerra González3
1Specialist in Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Private Psychotherapeutic Practise, Würzburg, Germany
2Psychotherapy Practice, Psychological Expert for the Courts, Würzburg, Germany
3Research Assistant, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Guardian ad litem, Family Mediator, Germany
*Corresponding Author: Wilfrid Von Boch-Galhau, Specialist in Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Private Psychotherapeutic Practise, Würzburg, Germany.
Received: July 10, 2018; Published: July 31, 2018
Citation: Wilfrid Von Boch-Galhau., et al. “Demosthenes Lorandos, William Bernet, and SR Sauber (2013) Parental Alienation: Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals”. EC Paediatrics 7.8 (2018): 820-822.
Parental Alienation is an important mental condition that professionals in the field especially those who work with children, adolescents and adults from divorced families should know. Although about thousand three hundred professional articles, book chapters and books, and also empirical studies, exist meanwhile (see website from all over the world, there is still considerable controversy about the existence of Parental Alienation.
According to DSM-5, parental alienation (PA) is a clinically relevant “parent-child relational problem” that has a considerable impact on the affected children. The term “parental alienation” is not officially recognised everywhere, which is why this disorder has so far not been given a generally valid name. That is the reason why the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has so far not explicitly included the term “parental alienation” in the DSM-5. Whereas in a statement of the World Health Organization (WHO), within “Caregiver child relational problem”, code QE52.0, Parental Alienation is mentioned in ICD-11. ( icd/entity/547677013).
Some scholars refer to “parental alienation syndrome” [1-3], others to the “alienated child” [4], “pathological alienation” [5], “programmed and brainwashed children” [6,7], “pathological alignment” [8,9], or to “parental alienation disorder” [10] or “parental alienation” [11].
In a severe case of parental alienation, a child will radically and without objective reasons refuse contact with one parent - father or mother (this is not a gender-specific issue) - with whom s/he previously had a loving attachment, because s/he has internalised a false negative image of the parent. This is usually found in the context of highly acrimonious separation or divorce of the child’s parents. The ultimate authority who can either stop the alienation process or perpetuate it, is the family court in cooperation with a specialised psychological/ psychiatric family court expert.
The lack of recognition of parental alienation as a serious relational disorder in professional practice makes it difficult to adequately deal with it in parent-child law. A lack of awareness of the disorder in the political arena, in society, and among professionals increases the risk for the child to develop externalising or internalising psychological symptoms as listed in ICD-10, Chapter V; these may be conduct disorders, anxieties, depressive episodes, or attachment - and identity disorders and others.
Copyright: © 2018 Wilfrid Von Boch-Galhau., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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