Parental Alienation Relational Problem and the DSM
DSM Revision Process
Proposed Definition of PARP
We propose that parental alienation be considered a relational problem in the chapter of DSM-5-TR, “Other Conditions That May Be a Focus of Clinical Attention.”
This is the proposed wording for parental alienation relational problem (PARP):
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: the child avoids, resists, or refuses a relationship with a parent; the presence of a prior positive relationship between the child and the now rejected parent; the absence of abuse or neglect or seriously deficient parenting on the part of the now rejected parent; the use of multiple alienating behaviors by the favored parent; and the manifestation of behavioral signs of alienation by the child.
Current Draft of Proposal
Appendix A: Article, “Child Affected by Parental Relationship Distress”
Appendix B: Article, “Developmental Psychology and the Scientific Status of Parental Alienation”
Appendix C: Important Books Regarding Parental Alienation
Appendix D: Article, “The Five-Factor Model for the Diagnosis of Parental Alienation”
Appendix E: Endorsements for This Proposal
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