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News, The Snitch 'Parental Alienation Syndrome' Unlikely to Be Included in <i>DSM-5</i>

'Parental Alienation Syndrome' Unlikely to Be Included in DSM-5

A scientific task force evaluating psychological conditions for formal inclusion in the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders will recommend that the controversial theory known as "Parental Alienation Syndrome" (PAS) or "Parental Alienation" not be…
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News, The Snitch Parental Alienation: A 'Mythical Legal Argument'

Parental Alienation: A 'Mythical Legal Argument'

Slate published an excellent story this week on the battle over whether to include the theory of "Parental Alienation Syndrome" in the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Like almost every other informed and disinterested…
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News, The Snitch Whistleblower Sues Family Court over Firing

Whistleblower Sues Family Court over Firing

A former mediator in Nevada County Family Court is suing court administrators over her dismissal after a labor arbitrator decided she raised valid concerns about whether the courts were operating properly and following state law.Emily Gallup, a Stanford graduate, was…
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News, The Snitch 'Parental Alienation Syndrome' -- Judge Isn't Buying it

'Parental Alienation Syndrome' -- Judge Isn't Buying it

One of the more controversial topics addressed in our recent coverage of problems in California's family courts is the legitimacy of 'Parental Alienation Syndrome.' Invented by the late Richard Gardner -- a psychiatrist who argued that society treated pedophiles too…
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SF Weekly Letters

Editor's Note Following last week's publication of the feature "Illegal Guardians" , we received a large number of comments and letters. We are dedicating a full page to readers' response to the story. Seeking Justice Thank you…
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News, The Snitch Documents Shed Light on Family Courts' Soft Stance Toward Abuse

Documents Shed Light on Family Courts' Soft Stance Toward Abuse

In this week's cover story, SF Weekly takes a look at some of the tragic results of mistakes by California's family courts. These courts' insufficient provisions for investigating child abuse and spousal battery have led, in multiple instances, to children…
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