California Divorce: Recognizing the Signs of Parental Alienation
Lifestyle shifts during divorce can make a child feel unbalanced and can threaten their wellbeing. In response, they may instinctively push one parent away as they struggle with issues of trust. When this behavior is consistent, it is called Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS). Parents going through a divorce should be aware of the signs that indicate they may be dealing with parental alienation.
Common Signs of Parental Alienation:
- Attributing everything good to one parent and everything wrong to the other
- Adopting the behaviors of one parent while insisting that they are acting on their own
- Rejecting the extended family of one parent
- Refusing to communicate with one parent, even through indirect means such as texting
- Using a frivolous rationale to justify their extreme rejection
- Breaking basic promises
- Angry outbursts, bouts of depression or mood swings
There is no particular lifestyle, experience, or personality that creates the opportunity for parental alienation or increases your child’s risk of Parental Alienation Syndrome. It is common for children to exhibit signs of parental alienation during and after their parents’ divorce, the syndrome can occur in all different family scenarios.
While PAS symptoms may originate from your child, they may also be coming from outside sources. PAS is just one of the many reasons parents should avoid talking badly about one another in front of their children. They could promote the child’s parental alienation syndrome. Whether they do so purposefully or inadvertently is another question to address in a future article.
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