London, Jan 24 (UNI) Divorcing couples are responsible for ''Parental Alienation Syndrome'' (PAS) in their kids with one out of four children, involved in the custodial dispute, developing hatred and contempt for the parent targeted, experts said.
Men are usually the target parent, since in most cases the mother has custody of the child.
''In most cases, the process is very subtle with the custodial parent stating such things as 'if I just told you some more things about your father/mother', or by making the child feel sorry for abandoning every time he or she visits the alienated parent,'' Science Daily quoted researcher Rosario Cortes Arboleda as saying.
Other factors influencing PAS apart from the unacceptable attitude of the custodial parent, are children's psychological vulnerability, the character and behaviour of parents, dynamics among brothers, or the existing conflicts between the two divorced parents, the study said, adding very often children not only reject their father, but also his family and close friends.
The syndrome is more frequent among children aged 9 to 12 than teenagers with no relevant gender differences in PAS.
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