William Bernet

William Bernet
Vanderbilt University | Vander Bilt · Department of Psychiatry

M.D.

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July 1992 - June 2012
Vanderbilt University
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Introduction. Global Action for Research Integrity in Parental Alienation recognizes the serious and worrying diversity of violence, both in families and in couples, regardless of gender, identity and sexual preference. Because questionable practices have been identified in recent vicarious violence publications, which describe the same phenomenon...
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Introducción. El Movimiento Global de Integridad Científica en Alienación Parental (Global Action for Research Integrity in Parental Alienation-GARI-PA) reconoce la grave y preocupante diversidad de violencias, tanto en las familias como en las parejas, independientemente de su sexo, identidad y preferencia sexual. Debido a que se han identificado...
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Several studies regarding research integrity in the subject of parental alienation appeared recently, what they found was a number of publications with severe errors such as falsification of data, adulteration of original sources, and defamation for which, once the retraction requests were formulated, there were no appropriated mechanisms nor scien...
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Although the phenomenon that we know as parental alienation (PA) had been described in the mental health and legal literature for many years, it was given its name-parental alienation syndrome-by Richard Gardner in 1985. As time went on, most writers abandoned the use of the word syndrome and simply referred to this mental condition as parental ali...
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Misinformation regarding parental alienation theory has been published many times in journals and books since the 1980s. This article discusses a specific example of misinformation, i.e., variations of the statement: Parental alienation theory assumes that the favored parent has caused parental alienation in the child simply because the child refus...
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Parental alienation (PA) is a highly consequential family dynamic that causes harm to children and parents. While many mental health and legal professionals agree that PA is common and potentially very harmful to children, there is still the appearance that there is controversy and discord in the field. The purpose of this study was to test the ext...
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This article is a response to comments by Mercer (2021), who criticized Bernet, Gregory, Rohner, and Reay (2020 Bernet, W. , Gregory, N. , Rohner, R. P. , & Reay, K. M. (2020). Measuring the difference between alienation and estrangement: The PARQ-Gap. Journal of Forensic Sciences , 65 (4), 1225–1234. https://doi.org/10.1111/1556-4029.14300 [Crossr...
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On March 24, 2022, the final version of the Statement of the Global Action for Research Integrity in Parental Alienation / Declaración del Movimiento Global de Integridad Científica en Alienación Parental. Download at: www.researchgate.net
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El 24 de marzo de 2022 fue publicada la versión final de la Statement of the Global Action for Research Integrity in Parental Alienation / Declaración del Movimiento Global de Integridad Científica en Alienación Parental. Descarga en: www.reserachgate.net
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Since parental alienation syndrome (PAS) was identified in the 1980's, there has been a remarkable amount of misinformation regarding both PAS and parental alienation (PA). These falsehoods were published in professional journals, presented at conferences, and distributed through internet websites and blogs. This article summarizes five examples of...
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The author wrote an article, “Parental Alienation and Misinformation Proliferation,” for this Special Issue of Family Court Review, which is devoted to various aspects of parental alienation (PA). This short article is a response to the article by Milchman, Geffner, and Meier, which discussed my article and other contributions to the Special Issue....
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Parental alienation (rejection of a parent without legitimate justification) and realistic estrangement (rejection of a parent for a good reason) are generally accepted concepts among mental health and legal professionals. Alienated children, who were not abused, tend to engage in splitting and lack ambivalence with respect to their parents; estran...
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Objectives The purpose of the current study was to assess clinician reports of behaviors and attitudes of physically abused children in order to determine whether they generally behaved in a manner designed to maintain the attachment to the caregiver rather than disrupt the attachment. Methods Three hundred and thirty-eight clinicians were surveye...
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Parental alienation has been an unacknowledged and poorly understood form of family violence. Research on parental alienation and the behaviors that cause it has evolved out of decades of legal and clinical work documenting this phenomenon, leading to what could be considered a “greening,” or growth, of the field. Today, there is consensus among re...
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Letter from APA, October 2, 2018.
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The authors of the study analyze the international scientific discourse of parental dismissal as a specific phenomenon, which is the attribute to abnormal and pathogenic behavior of children who are in a highly conflicting divorce or gait of their parents. They point to the difference between phenomena such as estrangement and alienation, which the...
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Both clinicians and forensic practitioners should distinguish parental alienation (rejection of a parent without legitimate justification) from other reasons for contact refusal. Alienated children-who were not abused-often engage in splitting and lack ambivalence with respect to the rejected parent; children who were maltreated usually perceive th...
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Objective: A new condition, "child affected by parental relationship distress" (CAPRD), was introduced in the DSM-5. A relational problem, CAPRD is defined in the chapter of the DSM-5 under "Other Conditions That May Be a Focus of Clinical Attention." The purpose of this article is to explain the usefulness of this new terminology. Method: A bri...
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The aim of this study was to examine associations between exposure to alienating behaviors (ABs) and anxiety and depression as mediated through psychological maltreatment and parental bonding in a sample of Italian adults in the community. Five hundred and nine adults were given a measure of exposure to ABs, the Baker Strategy Questionnaire; the Ps...
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This article summarizes parental alienation, a child's rejection of an appropriate parent in the context of a high-conflict divorce. Mental health professionals are often asked to evaluate children of separated or divorced parents for the presence of parental alienation. This article explains the differential diagnosis of contact refusal and the ca...
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This article summarizes the history and current status of testimony regarding behavioral genetics and genomics. Depending on the case specifics, testimony regarding a person's genetic make-up may constitute evidence of a particular psychiatric diagnosis, may simply support the diagnosis in a general way, or may help explain the person's behavior. I...
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This study addresses a particular form of child psychological maltreatment, exposing a child to alienating behaviors in the context of a high degree of conflict between the parents. The objective of this research was to identify retrospectively the alienating behaviors that occurred in an Italian sample of children and the reported associated psych...
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Letter from Stockholm University, May 26, 2014.
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Letter from Norstedts Juridik, November 22, 2013.
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Letter to publishing company, Norstedts Juridik.
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Letter to Stockholm University, October 25, 2013.
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Child sexual abuse is an important medical, psychological, social, and legal topic. It affects young people of all ages and families of all colors, ethnic groups, and social classes. This article discusses the epidemiology of child sexual abuse, intrafamilial and extrafamilial patterns of abuse, clinical features of child abuse victims, the role of...
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There has been considerable interest among forensic practitioners in the proposals that parental alienation be included in the next editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Diseases (DSM) and The International Classification of Diseases (ICD). However, there has also been a great deal of misunderstanding about the proposals, and...
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This article summarizes the procedure for how a mental health professional should conduct a child custody evaluation. The author addresses the format for the evaluation, including the initial conference with both parents together, the individual meetings with each parent, the meetings with the child(ren), outside information that should be collecte...
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When mental health experts express their opinions in testimony, reports, and articles in professional literature, it is expected that their statements will accurately reflect the current state of knowledge. Experts may disagree about the data that they collected. In some cases, however, disagreement occurs because an expert has employed a methodolo...
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Parental alienation is an important phenomenon that mental health professionals should know about and thoroughly understand, especially those who work with children, adolescents, divorced adults, and adults whose parents divorced when they were children. We define parental alienation as a mental condition in which a child—usually one whose parents...
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Resumo O objetivo deste artigo é classificar e definir as várias formas de alegações de abuso sexual infantil, uma vez que os psiquiatras infantis não têm uma forma consistente de classificá-las e em função de não haver definições gerais aceitas sobre as muitas formas as quais as alegações podem surgir. Método: o autor fez uma revisão de 40 artigos...
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This article summarizes parental alienation, a child's rejection of an appropriate parent in the context of a high-conflict divorce. Mental health professionals are often asked to evaluate children of separated or divorced parents for the presence of parental alienation. This article explains the psychodynamics and etiology of parental alienation....
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This article summarizes the history and current status of testimony regarding behavioral genetics and genomics. Depending on the case specifics, testimony regarding a person's genetic makeup may constitute evidence of a particular psychiatric diagnosis, may simply support the diagnosis in a general way, or may help explain the person's behavior. In...
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This article summarizes the procedure for how a mental health professional should conduct a child custody evaluation. The authors address the format for the evaluation, including the initial conference with both parents together, the individual meetings with each parent, the meetings with the child(ren), outside information that should be collected...
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The purpose of this practice parameter is to promote the appropriate and safe use of psychotropic medications in children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders by emphasizing the best practice principles that underlie medication prescribing. The evidence base supporting the use of psychotropic medication for children and adolescents with psych...
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Child sexual abuse is an important medical, psychological, social, and legal topic. It affects young people of all ages and families of all colors, ethnic groups, and social classes. This article discusses the epidemiology of child sexual abuse, intrafamilial and extrafamilial patterns of abuse, clinical features of child abuse victims, the physica...
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This chapter describes how testimony regarding behavioral genomics is currently used in legal settings and how it may be used in the future. It focuses on three ways in which a specific individual's genetic makeup may be relevant to his or her behavior. First, the person's genotype may exactly designate a psychiatric or medical diagnosis that clear...
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Although parental alienation disorder (PAD) is a serious mental condition affecting many children and their families, it is not an official diagnosis or even mentioned in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This article presents arguments for considering PAD a diagnosis: PAD is a prototypical example of a relational disorder;...
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This practice parameter describes the epidemiology, clinical picture, differential diagnosis, course, risk factors, and pharmacological and psychotherapy treatments of children and adolescents with major depressive or dysthymic disorders. Side effects of the antidepressants, particularly the risk of suicidal ideation and behaviors are discussed. Re...
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Recent research—in which subjects were studied longitudinally from childhood until adulthood—has started to clarify how a child’s environment and genetic makeup interact to create a violent adolescent or adult. For example, male subjects who were born with a particular allele of the monoamine oxidase A gene and also were maltreated as children had...
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Researchers studying human behavioral genetics have made significant scientific progress in enhancing our understanding of the relative contributions of genetics and the environment in observed variations in human behavior. Quickly outpacing the advances in the science are its applications in the criminal justice system. Already, human behavioral g...
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This article illustrates the use of evidence-based practice to develop conclusions for a forensic report. The authors present a case vignette in which an early adolescent boy was sexually abused by an employee of a private school, and a lawsuit ensued. They explain how to utilize relevant research regarding the prognosis of victims of sexual abuse...
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This practice parameter describes the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with substance use disorders and is based on scientific evidence and clinical consensus regarding diagnosis and effective treatment as well as on the current state of clinical practice. This parameter considers risk factors for substance use and related probl...
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The ways of sociologists differ from those of physicians (and biologists and other “hard” scientists), so readers of JAMA might be impatient with or even confused by the premise of Accounts of Innocence. Physicians typically think that their beliefs (eg, antibiotic A is better than antibiotic B for treating a particular infection) and belief system...
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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be an effective treatment for adolescents with severe mood disorders and other Axis I psychiatric disorders when more conservative treatments have been unsuccessful. ECT may be considered when there is a lack of response to two or more trials of pharmacotherapy or when the severity of symptoms precludes waiting f...
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Enuresis is a symptom that is frequently encountered in child psychiatric evaluations. Careful assessment is required to identify specific urologic, developmental, psychosocial, and sleep-related etiologies. For most children with enuresis, however, a specific etiology cannot be determined. Treatment then involves supportive approaches, conditionin...
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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be an effective treatment for adolescents with severe mood disorders and other Axis I psychiatric disorders when more conservative treatments have been unsuccessful. ECT may be considered when there is a lack of response to two or more trials of pharmacotherapy or when the severity of symptoms precludes waiting f...
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Dissimulation is the concealment of genuine psychiatric symptoms in an attempt to present a picture of psychiatric health. In this pilot study, the authors set out to demonstrate that defendants may conceal psychiatric illness even in forensic settings, contrary to their apparent self-interest. They reviewed their records for forensic assessments o...
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Because divorce is so common, it is important for our society to find ways to minimize the psychological trauma that is experienced by children of divorced parents. Ideally, divorcing parents would not fight so much over the children, in front of the children, and through the children. When disputes do arise regarding custody, visitation, and paren...
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This practice parameter describes treatment with stimulant medication. It uses an evidence-based medicine approach derived from a detailed literature review and expert consultation. Stimulant medications in clinical use include methylphenidate, dextroamphetamine, mixed-salts amphetamine, and pemoline. It carries FDA indications for treatment of att...
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This parameter reviews the current state of the prevention and management of child and adolescent aggressive behavior in psychiatric institutions, with particular reference to the indications and use of seclusion and restraint. It also presents guidelines that have been developed in response to professional, regulatory, and public concern about the...
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This practice parameter describes treatment with stimulant medication. It uses an evidence-based medicine approach derived from a detailed literature review and expert consultation. Stimulant medications in clinical use include methylphenidate, dextroamphetamine, mixed salts of amphetamine, and pemoline. They carry U.S. Food and Drug Administration...
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This practice parameter reviews the literature on the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with schizophrenia. Recommendations are based on the limited research available, the adult literature, and clinical experience. Early-onset schizophrenia is diagnosed using the same criteria as in adults, and appears to be continuous with the...
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These guidelines review what is known about the epidemiology, causes, management, and prevention of suicide and attempted suicide in young people. Detailed guidelines are provided concerning the assessment and emergency management of the children and adolescents who present with suicidal behavior. The guidelines also present suggestions on how the...

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To identify, assess and swiftly intervene in cases of psychological maltreatment involving parental alienation abuse, deprivation, and abduction; holding professionals in positions of power to stop this abuse accountable for failing to intervene. To train judges, lawyers, child protection caseworkers, counselors, teachers and physicians to be aware of the dynamics at play in parental alienation abuse-which is considered to be a severe form of psychological maltreatment of a child and targeted families. The trauma caused has lasting psychological, emotional and physical effects on the victim targeted.