First Signs of PAS

First Signs of Parental Alienation (or Hostile Aggressive Parenting)

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Sometimes the first signs a targeted parent has that their child is being exosed to PAS is sudden and total rejection of the parent by the child.

If you are in a role of public service, law, social work, medicine, child care, or even a friend of a splitting couple with children, you must educate yourself on the signs of Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS).

This is an extremely deceptive form of child abuse that is perpetrated by a vindictive ex-spouse. It is designed to destroy the targeted parent at all cost, even if it means destroying the children in the process.

Splitting parents frequently try to undermine their children’s affection for the other parent. When such efforts are characterized by severe and repetitive denigration, the children run the risk of suffering estrangement from the parent being criticized. (Gardner 1985; 1998)

PAS includes the alienating parent engaging the child in a series of conscious and subconscious techniques like brainwashing in an attempt to denigrate the other parent. Further, the child also contributes to the denigration of the allegedly hated parent. (Cartwright, 1993; Gardner, 1992)

If your ex-spouse is abusive, remember, Children will protect their abusers.


We only support organizations who show an understanding that children need both parents, and that either parent is equally capable of the choice to perpetrate PAS or declare peace.