Kermit Mccown
Kermit Mccown campaign leader

What they discovered was an overwhelming and profound impact on the emotional wellbeing of the children. It did not matter the age of the child, the anxiety of divorce is overwhelming. In their minds, no matter the age, they think, if Mommy and Daddy no longer love each other, then will they stop loving me too? This fear ultimately leads to anxiety, which invariably can cause an emotional meltdown at various levels. MGH also discovered that the more the parents fought or where at odds with each other, the more intense or disturbed the children became mentally and emotionally. And the more disturbed and upset the children became, the more their emotional wellbeing was affected. The following are the statistical results from MGH’s project on the Impact of High Conflict Divorce on Children:
Ø 65% had anxiety severe enough to require therapy
Ø 56% Developed Attachment disorder;
Ø 48% had abnormal fears and phobias;
Ø 44% of both boys and girls became physically aggressive;
Ø 31% had sleep disorders
Ø 29% withdrew from activities including ones that they loved to do
Ø 24% developed opposition defiant behavior, including temper tantrums and uncontrolled outbursts
Ø 21% prematurely became involved in sexual activity
Ø 13% began bed wetting
Ø 10% developed dissociative personality disorders (once known as multiple personality disorders)
Amy J. Baker backs this up with her research in her article, The Cult of Parenthood: A Qualitative Study of Parental Alienation, Cultic Studies Review and her book, Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome – Breaking the Ties that Bind (2007). Ms. Bakers research and interviews of 38 adults who were victims of PAS as children revealed seven (7) precedents about the effects of PAS.  Furthermore as Baker points out, these abused interviewees suffered lifelong pain as a result of being alienated from a once loved parent (36). Ms. Baker’s results from her interviews are as follows:
1) High rates of low self-esteem to a point of self-hatred
2) 70 % of the adults suffered with serious depression episodes in their adult life. 
3) 30% had substance abuse problems with drugs and alcohol
4) 42% had trust issues with themselves and/or others 
5) 50% were alienated from their own children, thus proving that PAS is multigenerational
6) 66% had been divorced and of those 25% was divorced more than once
7) And the last pattern was Identity issues  
Dr. F. L. Lowenstein of Southern England Psychology Services describes the problems that child of PAS suffer.  His list includes:
1) Anger
2) Loss or lack of impulse control in conduct
3) Loss of self-confidence and self-esteem
4) Clinging in separation anxiety
5) Developing fears and phobias
6) Depression and suicidal ideation
7) Sleep disorders
8) Eating disorders
9) Educational problems
10) Enuresis
11) Encopresis
12) Drug abuse
13) Self-destructive behavior
14) Obsessive compulsive behavior
15) Anxiety and panic attacks
16) Damaged sexual identity problems
17) Poor peer relationships
18) Excessive feelings of quilt.

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