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J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2012;40(1):127-31.

The parental alienation debate belongs in the courtroom, not in DSM-5.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40509, USA.


The DSM-5 Task Force is presently considering whether to adopt parental alienation disorder (PAD) as a mental illness. Although controversy has surrounded PAD since its inception in 1985, pro-PAD groups and individuals have breathed new life into the push to establish it as a mental health diagnosis. In this analysis, we argue that it would be a serious mistake to adopt parental alienation disorder as a formal mental illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5).

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