“Pathogenic parenting” is a term used to describe a pattern of harmful parenting behaviors that can have negative effects on a child’s psychological and emotional development. The term “Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome” (PPS) is sometimes used to describe the extreme end of this pattern, where one parent intentionally engages in behaviors that are harmful to their child’s relationship with the other parent.
PPS is not a recognized mental health diagnosis, and it is not included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). However, it has been used in some court cases to describe situations where a parent is intentionally undermining the other parent’s relationship with their child.
Examples of pathogenic parenting behaviors may include:
- Encouraging the child to reject the other parent
- Making negative comments about the other parent in front of the child
- Interfering with the other parent’s parenting time or communication with the child
- Making false allegations of abuse or neglect against the other parent
- Refusing to cooperate with court orders related to custody or visitation
These behaviors can have serious consequences for the child’s well-being, including increased risk of depression, anxiety, and behavior problems. If you suspect that a child is experiencing pathogenic parenting, it is important to seek the help of a qualified mental health professional or legal advocate.
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