House unanimously adopts Rep. Bizzarro resolution to raise awareness about insidious parenting practice

‘Parental alienation’ places kids in crossfire of spousal strife

HARRISBURG, June 3 – Raising awareness about parental alienation – an insidious process in which a child is manipulated into showing unwarranted fear, disrespect or hostility toward a targeted parent or other family member – is the subject of a resolution the House unanimously adopted Monday, according to the author, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie.

Bizzarro said he introduced H.R. 337 – designating June 3 – 9, 2019, as “Parental Alienation and Hostile Aggressive Parenting Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania – to highlight the detrimental effects this manipulative practice has on children.

“A parent is often a child’s entire world,” Bizzarro said. “Their sense of security, ability to love and trust, and to deal honestly with others – starts with the parent. Yet far too many kids find themselves caught in the crossfire of spousal conflict, and the effects can be devastating.

“Kids exposed to this kind of manipulation, in which a parent attempts to poison a child’s mind against another parent, often develop low self-esteem, have difficulty trusting others and are more likely to suffer from depression and addiction.

“I introduced this resolution because we desperately need to educate everyone – judges, lawyers, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, social workers, policymakers and the general public – about how this practice can destroy family relationships and leave lasting psychological scars. By raising awareness, we can teach people to recognize this incredibly harmful behavior for what it is and develop ways to address it before it ruins lives.”