Having your children suffering from alienation is bad enough. Discovering that there is angry and inflammatory discourse about the very existence of parental alienation adds another layer of discouragement! You may be dismayed to learn that there is a cohort of men and women who apparently believe, with complete sincerity, that PAS and parental alienation do not exist and were invented by abusive men who wanted a way to cover up their abuse and prevent mothers from having sole custody.
As an alienated mother, and having personal acquaintance with several alienated parents, both mothers and fathers, I know that this is preposterous.
This article: Parental Alienation Critics and the Politics of Science, in
The American Journal of Family Therapy, 39:1, 48-71 by Diedre Rand ( 2010) is a helpful historical overview of some of the controversy around alienation and how it is evolving. Highly recommended especially for any legal professionals you may be working with. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01926187.2010.533085