It basically means one of your (divorced?) parents has brainwashed you into thinking your other parent is a bad person or worse, and then you take that brainwashing plus your own added issues because of the divorce and you believe for yourself yuor other parent is just a bad person no matter what anyone says....
This was taken from the PASKIDS web site from the person who "found" this syndrome and is the "expert" on it...
This is the definition of PAS as described by R.A. Gardner who discovered the syndrome and has become an expert in dealing with the issue.
Gardner's definition of PAS is:
"The parental alienation syndrome (PAS) is a disorder that arises primarily in the context of child-custody disputes. Its primary manifestation is the child's campaign of denigration against a parent, a campaign that has no justification. It results from the combination of a programming (brainwashing) parent's indoctrinations and the child's own contributions to the vilification of the target parent."
(Excerpted from: Gardner, R.A. (1998). The Parental Alienation Syndrome, Second Edition, Cresskill, NJ: Creative Thera.peutics, Inc.)
Basically, this means that through verbal and non verbal thoughts, actions and mannerisms, a child is emotionally abused (brainwashed) into thinking the other parent is the enemy. This ranges from bad mouthing the other parent infront of the children, to withholding visits, to pre-arranging the activities for the children while visiting with the other parent.
BTW --- FUNADVICE --- Thera.peutics is NOT a "bad word" because r-ape is in the middle! Word filtering on here makes it REALLY hard to use the correct word.....sheesh!