Q & A -what is malicious parent syndrome?

Malicious parent syndrome is a term used to describe a situation in which one parent in a divorce or custody dispute intentionally tries to harm or alienate their child from the other parent. This behavior is often driven by a desire for revenge or a need to control the situation, rather than a genuine concern for the child’s well-being.

Malicious parent syndrome is not an officially recognized mental disorder, but rather a concept that has been developed by some psychologists and family law professionals to describe a pattern of behavior that can be seen in certain cases of high-conflict divorce or custody disputes.

Symptoms of malicious parent syndrome may include making false allegations of abuse or neglect against the other parent, undermining the child’s relationship with the other parent by making negative comments or restricting contact, and manipulating the child’s emotions to turn them against the other parent.

©Linda Turner http://parentalalienationpas.com 2023

It is important to note that malicious parent syndrome is not the same as parental alienation syndrome, which is a controversial and disputed concept in itself. While both concepts involve harmful behavior by one parent towards the other, malicious parent syndrome is seen as a more intentional and deliberate form of behavior that is aimed at causing harm.

Author: Linda Turner

Coaching and Therapy Currently studying Psychotherapy , Cognitive psychology, Hypnotherapy. Qualified NLP, EMDR and CBT therapist. REIKI Master. I believe in truth, honesty and integrity! ≧◔◡◔≦

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