Over 50% of all marriages end in divorce. And many of those divorces involve children. The likelihood of legal battles among ex-partners who have children together is high. The children are caught in the middle of a volatile situation, and many times expected to take sides. Kids Need Both, Inc is a thriving non-profit agency based in Central Florida that offers State approved co-parenting classes, court ordered parenting classes, supervised visitation and child exchange. Classrooms are located in Lakeland, Casselberry and community centers throughout Central and South Florida. For more information you can give them a call at 888-310-6630 www.kidsneedboth.org To see more videos like this, go to the PGTV webpage at http://www.Polk-County.net/PGTV.
What is Suddenly Going On?
Parents (usually during or after divorce) caught up in the emotion of hatred for one another may target the ex-partner, their family and friends. When they use the children as weapons for their retaliation, this is a calculated crime of child abuse called Parental Alienation.
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Advocacy Blog Links:
Healing Families in Crisis
Parental Alienation and the Targeted Parent
For more information about the program, contact Danica Fields at (863) 420-KIDS or email her at info@KidsNeedBoth.org.
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DSM UPDATE - While the terms; Parental Alienation or Parental Alienation Syndrome did not make it into the DSM IV, not all is lost. Instead, what you will find is a discussion regarding the 'Child/Parent Relational Problem' where the discourse surrounds the cognitive issues of the problem that have the potential to include; "negative attributions of the other's intentions, hostility toward or scapegoating of the other, and unwarranted feelings of estrangement." According to Dr. William Bernet, one of the proponents for the PA language inclusion, "That's a pretty good description of a child's view of the alienated parent. “ At the very least, what has been acknowledged here is the conditions that must be present for alienation of one parent to occur. This is similar to what Dr. Craig Childress calls the 'parental alienation dynamic'. Same/same. All it really amounts to is the DSM IV acknowledging that these behaviors can lead a child to have cognitive problems of feeling 'unwarranted feelings of estrangement' towards what we call the 'target parent'.