As most of you know, Parental Alienation Syndrome was first defined and described by New York Child Psychiatrist, Richard Gardner, MD in 1984. Since Dr Gardner’s landmark contribution into the literature of Parental Alienation, there has been much debate and discussion.
As part of this discussion and debate, the use of the word “syndrome” has garnered the most attention.
The expert debate about it being a syndrome versus it not being a syndrome has droned on and on, and has largely become a distraction from the indisputable fact that children do become alienated from a once loved parent. No one debated that.
While most experts would agree that the symptoms within the child, first described by Gardner, do meet the criteria for a “Syndrome,” most have elected to eliminate the use of the word in an effort to eliminate the distractive qualities that characterized the debate.