Powerless to parent; powerless to protect: The experiences of alienated parents in the UK – Sue Whitcombe

Parental Alienation

Parental alienation has been a contentious concept in the UK for the ma- jority of the last thirty years (Whitcombe, 2014) with Hobbs (2006) sug-gesting a range of perspectives from confusion to total denial of its exist-ence. Psychiatrist Kirk Weir (Weir & Sturge, 2006) acknowledged the con-troversy over Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS), though confirmed the  presence of the characteristic eight behavioural signs in a child in “scores of cases” in which he conducted assessments for the Court. In discussing the apparent preference for the term “implacable hostility” to PAS in the UK,  Weir proffered the preferred term “alienation”.
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