Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
2 minute read
31 Aug 2021
6:40 am

Mothers found to be the alienating parent in most divorce cases

Marizka Coetzer

Stastistically, the mother is the alienator in 85 to 90% of divorce cases.

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Dr Pixie du Toit, founder of the Sinoville Crisis Centre, says parental alienation syndrome (PAS) arises primarily in the context of child custody disputes. “It results from a brainwashing parent’s vilification of the other parent. The alienating parent’s primary purpose is a campaign of animosity, even hatred of the alienated parent, in order for the child to reject this parent, in many cases the father,” Du Toit said. According to statistics, the mother is the alienator in 85 to 90% of divorce cases. “The vilification of the targeted parent often expands to include that parent’s extended family, such as grandparents,...