What Is Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome?

Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome is a delusional pathology that children develop when one of their parents becomes Pathogenic and suffers from the mental illness called Pathogenic Parenting Delusional Disorder. The word “Patho” means Pathological, and the word “Genesis” means Creation. So Pathogenic Parenting describes parenting that is so abnormal or pathological, that by way of their aberrant and distorted behaviors and parenting practices, the Pathogenic Parent actually creates mental illness in a child that actually cause the child to terminate or cut off their relationship with the other parent and also other family members. Children who suffer from Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome develop a psychological alliance with a Pathogenic Parent against their other parent as a psychological survival strategy to deal with the severe psychological abuse that is being inflicted upon them by the Pathogenic Parent. In some ways, it is similar to Stockholm Syndrome, where the child appears to have a hyper bonded relationship with the psychologically abusive parent. As a result of pathogenic parenting, the child will develop some form of delusional false belief regarding the other parent, which causes the child to cut-off or terminate their relationship with that parent. In some cases of Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome, the abuse inflicted by the Pathogenic Parent is so severe the child will develop severe anxiety or fears of anything that has to do with their normal and healthy parent who has been targeted by the Pathogenic Parent. These fears and anxiety have nothing to do with this parents behavior and parenting but are the child’s way of coping with the severe abuse that is occurring.

The primary symptom in all cases of Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome is when the child will cutoff and terminate their relationship with the targeted parent. This parent, in most cases, is a loving and normal range, and this has nothing to do with that parent and their parenting practices.

Pathogenic Parenting Syndrome is a distinctive and widespread form of psychological child and domestic abuse inflicted upon the child and the rejected family members. It often leads to the long-term, or even permanent, the estrangement of a child from one parent and other family members.

David Fluss Expert & Litigation Consultant