The Truth: The construct of “parental alienation” is not a defined construct in clinical psychology. No such pathology exists within professional clinical psychology.
However, a variety of other constructs do exist that are fully defined, fully established, and fully accepted constructs within professional psychology, such as:
- Narcissistic and borderline personality pathology (the Dark Triad and Vulnerable Dark Triad personalities);
- Family systems constructs of the child’s triangulation into the spousal conflict through the formation of a cross-generational coalition with one parent against the other parent;
- Parental psychological control of children, role-reversal relationships, the “invalidating environment,” and the trans-generational transmission of attachment trauma through the reenactment of the parent’s false trauma narrative in future generations.
All of these constructs are well-defined, well-established, and fully accepted psychological constructs and principles within professional psychology.
All mental health professionals are responsible for professional competence in all of these fully established and fully accepted psychological principles and constructs.