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Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome

Updated: Oct 23, 2022

Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome

By Amy J.L. Baker, Ph.D. Updated: August 19, 2021Categories: Children and Divorce, Parenting and Step-Families

Narcissistic Abuse and Guidance with Randi Fine

Alienating parents utilize techniques similar to those employed by cult leaders, including withdrawing love, creating loyalty binds, cultivating dependency, repeating negative statements about the targeted parents, and encouraging black-or-white thinking.

Based on the content analysis of interviews, the following conclusions have been developed, each of which is explored in my (Amy Baker's) book Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome: Breaking the Ties that Bind (W.W. Norton & Company).

There Are Three Different Familial Patterns of Parental Alienation

The way in which parental alienation unfolded within each family varied – there was more than one Parental Alienation Syndrome “story”. In fact, there appeared to be three primary patterns of Parental Alienation Syndrome:

  1. Narcissistic mothers in divorced families alienating children from the father;