The parental alienation debate belongs in the courtroom, not in DSM-5

Timothy M Houchin, John Ranseen, Phillip A K Hash, Daniel J Bartnicki
2012 The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law  
The DSM-5 Task Force is presently considering whether to adopt parental alienation disorder (PAD) as a mental illness. Although controversy has surrounded PAD since its inception in 1985, pro-PAD groups and individuals have breathed new life into the push to establish it as a mental health diagnosis. In this analysis, we argue that it would be a serious mistake to adopt parental alienation disorder as a formal mental illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5).
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