An examination of adults who have been manipulated by divorcing parents.
Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) occurs when divorcing parents use children as pawns, trying to turn the child against the other parent. This book examines the impact of PAS on adults and offers strategies and hope for dealing with the long-term effects.
Dr. Amy J. L. Baker is director of research at the Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child protection of the New York Foundling. She earned her doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College of Columbia University in 1989. She has experience with both quantitative as well as qualitative research methodologies and has taught research methodology at both the undergraduate as well as graduate levels at both Columbia and Fordham University. In addition to Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome published by W. W. Norton, Dr. Baker is the first author of a text book on child welfare research methods published by Columbia University Press. She is also the author or co-author of 50 academic articles. She has published in scientific peer-reviewed journals including Early Childhood Education Quarterly, Child Welfare, Social Work Research, Applied Behavioral Sciences Review, International Journal of Social Work, Child and Adolescent Social Work, The Elementary School Journal, and the Macmillan Psychology Reference Series on Child Development. Areas of research expertise include parent-child attachment, early intervention, parent involvement, mental health of youth, and child welfare. She lives in Teaneck New Jersey and is the mother of 21-year-old and 4-year-old daughters.
As a parent who has been there...gained from this book the resolve to try again, no matter how painful.
Dr. Baker . . . has put PAS
on the map as a significant
form of emotional abuse afflicting
adults long after they
leave their childhood years
behind. This is a book worth
reading, assigning to students,
and keeping as a reference.
— S. Richard Sauber, PhD, co-author of International Handbook of Parental Alienation Syndrome
[W]ill become a classic . . . . it is a milestone in the field.
— Jayne A. Major, PhD, Stop Parental Alienation of Children (SPAC)
It should be mandatory reading for any custody evaluator
or attorney involved in high conflict divorces where parental
alienation is present.
— Margarethe S. Smith, MA