BRIEF ON PARENTAL ALIENATION
3. The False Premise Underlying Kayden’s Law
3.1 There has been a large body of published academic and professional research on parental
alienation and parental alienating behaviors from around the world over the last 35 years. The
Center for Knowledge Management at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the USA has
indexed over one thousand scientific and peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and other
resources pertaining to parental alienation (see https://ckm.vumc.org/pasg/). The Parental
Alienation Study Group (Parental Alienation Study Group (pasg.info)) also has several annotated bibliographies of the
published literature for public reference.
3.2 Numerous critics of parental alienation have created briefings about parental alienation that
are ideologically driven (e.g., all violence is gender-based violence, and women are victims)
based on selective and biased literature reviews. These documents have largely ignored the vast
amount of scientific evidence that has accumulated about parental alienation, and some have
deliberately conveyed misinformation about the problem or made ad hominem attacks against
those who have been working in the field. There have been hundreds of scientific studies of
parental alienation across the world, with over 40% of what is known having been published
since 2016 in some of the top scientific journals published by the American Psychological
Association and the Association for Psychological Science. It is a form of violence that does not
discriminate and is not localized.
3.3 The misinformation about parental alienation that has been spread by domestic violence and
child abuse advocates have gotten so bad that an international organization (the Global Action for
Research Integrity in Parental Alienation (https://garipa.org/) was recently formed to hold
publishers and organizations accountable for publishing false and misleading misinformation about the problem. The scientific record needs to be accurate in order to develop empirically
based policies and laws that serve and protect people.
3.4 The briefings and other writings of these critics have also focused on a small number of
research studies that have not been replicated and have serious methodologic and statistical
flaws, making their conclusions unreliable. These writings also appear to serve as the basis for
Kayden’s law. Two examples are found on the Flawed Studies page.