Parental Alienation Relational Problem och DSM-5

Publicering 2022-10-12 av meddelande från professor emeritus William Bernet, ordförande för PASG, Parental Alienation Study Group, där jag, Lena Hellblom Sjögren, sedan flera år är styrelsemedlem (men avgår efter PASG 2024 konferensen i Oslo 6-7 september)

Most PASG members already know about the proposal that parental alienation be included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5-TR).  We announced this project in the July 2022 issue of PAI.  Since then, we have received more than 2,000 endorsements from individuals and organizations.

We now have a dedicated website for this project, which is  The proposal itself and several appendices are available on the website, as well as links for individuals and organizations who want to endorse the proposal.

We also have a booth at the Exhibit Hall of the big conference for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in Toronto, Canada, during October 18-22, 2022.  The attached document is the large poster that will be displayed in the Exhibit Hall.

Z62.898 Parental Alienation Relational Problem

This category may be used when a child—usually one whose parents are engaged in a high-conflict separation or divorce—allies strongly with one parent and rejects a relationship with the other parent without a good reason.

The diagnosis of parental alienation relational problem usually requires five criteria:

• child avoids, resists, or refuses a relationship with a parent
• presence of a prior positive relationship between the child and the now rejected parent
• absence of abuse, neglect, or seriously deficient parenting by the now rejected parent
• use of multiple alienating behaviors by the favored parent
• manifestations of behavioral signs of alienation by the child

If you have questions about the content of the proposal or if you have suggestions or corrections, send them to me at …

William Bernet, M.D.