Yay! Science says so, decisions are being made, statements released, opinions handed down, everyone’s talking!
From the Leadership Council on Child Abuse:
People who care about abused children finally have something to celebrate. Two recent high profile legal publications have rejected “Parental Alienation Syndrome” (PAS), a controversial label often used to discredit allegations of child abuse or domestic violence in family courts. According to PAS theory, children’s disclosures of abuse by one parent are reinterpreted as evidence of “brainwashing” by the other parent. The solution proposed by PAS theory is to immediately award custody to the alleged child abuser.
The newly revised, 2006 edition of “Navigating Custody and Visitation Evaluations in Cases with Domestic Violence: A Judge’s Guide,” published by The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, includes a strong statement condemning the use of PAS which it calls a “discredited” syndrome that favors child abusers in custody determinations.
Stephanie Dallam, MS, a researcher with the Leadership Council, has spent the last 10 years researching PAS.
She traces the syndrome to a controversial psychiatrist, Richard Gardner, who described sex between fathers and their offspring as normal and natural. In his voluminous self-published writings, Gardner blamed abused children’s suffering on our society’s “overreaction” to sexual abuse, notes Dallam.
“PAS is junk science at its worst,” says Dr. Paul Fink, President of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence, and a former President of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Fink explains, “Science tells us that the most likely reason that a child becomes estranged from a parent is that parent’s own behavior. Labels, such as PAS, serve to deflect attention away from those behaviors.”
Science tells us! Children withdraw from parents who hurt them, who’d a thunk it?
But wait, there’s more. You know PAS is championed by Mens Rights Advocates (click link on blogroll for MRA proposed DSM inclusion).
OK, guess who else supports PAS?
Our neighborhood bullies at BPD Central! It’s true, I’ve been saying it for years and I am right. Randi Kreger is an awful woman who co-authored an awful book (Stop Walking On Eggshells:Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder) and runs the awful anti-woman cottage industry clusterfuck known as BPD Central Inc.
I’ll say it again, the science is clear on this:
BPD Central and its affiliates are misogynist, wingnut, patriarchal ass-holes who claim to help marriages in trouble when one partner (guess which) has a certain, special Borderline flava.
What is so wrong with BPD Central? Everything that could possibly be wrong, and then add more, there is not enough room for it, you have to create new boxes to put the wrongness in, and then drop all that wrongness into the acid vat marked for wrong bad and horrible things.
What are the odds? Eighty percent of those labeled “BPD” are women, most of them grew up abused and incested, how do you like the odds so far?
A licensed psychotherapist may hand a couple Stop Walking on Eggshells, a treatise on the evil of borderlines and instruction manual for taking control of the indomitable bitch for her own good in order to preserve the family unit.
You might think the husband has some issues too.
You think that because you are borderline. (But we want to be credible so we pay lip service, yes, yes he has issues too, jaysus, you’re raving, who let the crazy lady in the house?)
Um, he did?
Don’t bother asking what that’s about, instead he is pitied, guided and rewarded in real time at the message board, given protocols and practices in shrew-taming, he (sane, noble, under duress), saving his marriage, how difficult that must be with a crazy woman in the house, whoever let her in, which was not him.
Meanwhile the wife will be learning all the myths and stereotypes about the borderline construct aka who she really is (crazy, borderline) as she receives real-time correction at the affiliate website; BPD Recovery which I won’t link to since they banned me years ago, but am honored to tell you the site became “membership only” due to my intrepid efforts in fucking the place up.
So. Yes, of course, these are cults, but they are not harmless. BPD Central seeks the perks and respectability associated with credible mental health activism in an interactive publishing industry that should be exposed for what it does. To women.
There is little investigation or criticism of this shack-of-hate, most mental health blogging psychologists promote BPD Central, the thread at Dr. InstaStigma’s is fairly representative.
Now let’s hold our nose and tie it all together.
Today’s Leadership Council release:
Dr. Silberg views PAS allegations as part of a larger strategy in which abusive parents try to fool the courts, attorneys, child custody evaluators, and mental health professionals into believing that their children and ex-spouses are crazy when they raise concerns about safety.
“Web sites about father’s and children’s concerns, including woman-on-man domestic violence, divorce, custody, false accusations, and parental alienation syndrome.”
S.P.A.R.C. Separated Parenting Access & Resource Center
“Assist in divorce and custody situations (many of which have BPD as a contributing effect).”
American Legal Research
“Many links and information at the site may be helpful to those who have legal problems associated with the Borderline in their life.”
Fathers Are Capable Too
“Of particular interest is their information on Parental Alienation, a problem often associated with a BPD parent after the breakdown of a relationship that involves children”
And assorted links on the “abuse excuse”, “restraining orders used as weapons,” and similar items found on Mens Rights pages, which is hey, an unpleasant cultural staple in the marital/divorce great divide.
But when it comes to the relationship of BPD Central to credible, responsible mental health activism, science tells us ha ha you are so busted.