Review: Das Parental Alienation Syndrome -
Past, Present and Future
and Discrediting the Parental Alienation Syndrome Harms Women
For his keynote
presentation, professor Gardner will review the evolution of his
experiences with PAS from the time he first began seeing the disorder
in the early 1980s to the present. He will then talk about the
work that still has to be done in the future, especially with
regard to what we can do to help PAS children and the parents
who have been victimized by a spouse's PAS indoctrinations.
In his second
presentation, he will talk about how PAS should not be a gender
issue because, with increasing frequency, women are also becoming
its victims. In spite of this, many feminists are turning their
backs on these women and continuing to deny--even to them--that
opportunity, he will ask this question: PAS is a widespread phenomenon.
Every divorce lawyer and every mental health professional who
works with people involved in litigated custody disputes sees
it. Why are so many denying it so vehemently and even viciously?
To deny PAS is like denying the existence of AIDS. Of course,
Dr Gardner has some ideas of his own on this important question,
but he still feels that there is more he can learn regarding this
amazing denial of PAS, a denial that is so destructive to so many
thousands of people.