Pathogenic parenting that is creating
significant developmental pathology in the child (attachment system suppression; diagnostic indicator 1 of AB-PA),
personality disorder pathology in the child (narcissistic personality traits evidenced in the child’s symptom display; diagnostic indicator 2 of AB-PA),
delusional-psychiatric pathology in the child (an encapsulated persecutory delusion; diagnostic indicator 3 of AB-PA),
is a DSM-5 diagnosis of V995.51 Child Psychological Abuse, Confirmed. Creating that level of severe psychopathology in the child is psychological child abuse.
The Diagnostic Checklist for Pathogenic Parenting documents these three symptom features. There is absolutely zero reason why a mental health professional should not, at the very least, assess for the presence or absence of these three symptom features in the child’s symptom display.
If these symptoms are not present, then they are not present. No worries.
If, however, these three symptoms ARE present in the child’s symptom display, then the DSM-5 diagnosis is V995-51 Child Psychological Abuse, Confirmed.
This is an issue of child protection.
This is simple. This is direct. This is straightforward.
There is absolutely zero reason for any mental health professional to not at least assess for the presence or absence of these three specific symptoms in the child’s symptom display. Simply assess for the presence or absence of these three symptoms in the child’s symptom display and then document the results of the assessment using the Diagnostic Checklist for Pathogenic Parenting.
This would represent a reasonable standard of practice and child protection obligation in the professional assessment of attachment-related pathology surrounding divorce.
Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857