Urge the DSM-V Task Force to add Parental Alienation Disorder
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Urge the DSM-V Task Force to add Parental Alienation Disorder

    1. Stephanie Jayne
    2. Petition by

      Stephanie Jayne

      Knoxville, TN

Parental Alienation is a form of emotional abuse where one parent manipulates children to reject the other loving parent.  Statistics show that 85% of divorce and custody disputes involve this form of child abuse.

The diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is the reference book that therapists and psychologists use to properly diagnose a patient.  In order for a new disorder to be added The Task Force is required to go through very time consuming and rigorous process in order for any disorder to be included in the next edition of the DSM.

In terms of disorders getting into the DSM, Parental Alienation is relatively new - the term was only coined in 1985, although the disorder has been tearing families apart for much longer.  Asperger's Disorder took 37 years to get into the DSM and Tourette's Disorder took 95 years.  We cannot let families suffer with Parental Alienation for that long!!  Please join me in urging the DSM-V Task Force to work to include Parental Alienation Disorder in the next version of the book.

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    • Ron Johnson PEMBROKE, GA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It has happened to me. My once loving daughter recently started taking the last name of her stepfather.

      Talk about parents building a strong sense of self identity.

      I would encourage any parent that finds themselves in this situation to start reading and educating themselves on the subject.

      Divorce Poison by Richard Warshak is a good place to start.

      Toxic Parents by Susan Forward is another insightful read on how diabolic parents can be.

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    • ALLAN CHRISTENSEN SOENDERBORG, DENMARK
      • about 2 years ago

      I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF IT

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    • Fernanda Gazari SAN MARTIN DE LOS ANDES, ARGENTINA
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm suffering from SAP, I'm divorced, 51 y.o., two children already grown up, no contact in spite of my efforts! Many therapists don't know how to help...they don't even know the SAP

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    • vicki grimli BIG STONE CITY, SD
      • about 2 years ago

      My stepdaughter is a victim and thereby so is her daughter.

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    • Kyle Green WAHPETON, ND
      • about 2 years ago

      I have a relative that recieves this kind of abuse in small amounts, and I'm aware that it happens and is very harmful to children.

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