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Parental alienation (PA) is a pathological family dynamic that occurs when parents engage in a high-conflict separation or divorce. PA is a mental condition in which a child allies himself strongly with an alienating parent and rejects a relationship with the target parent without legitimate justification. Almost every mental health professional who works with children of divorced parents acknowledges that PA affects thousands of families and causes enormous pain and hardship. PA has been described in the worldwide mental health and legal literature, i.e., in hundreds of papers, chapters, and books from more than 35 countries. In this symposium, the presenters will discuss various aspects of PA in Japan, China, Australia, and the United States: child abduction; PA in family court; educating mental health and legal professionals; support groups for alienated parents; early intervention; and ultimate reconnection and reunification after a history of PA.
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