Parental Abduction of Children: How Bad Can It Be?
I read this article on Yahoo today and my curiosity was piqued: Police find missing Cdn boy. His mother was the kidnapper: Perhaps the mother had no child access…a disturbing thought. The father had at least partial legal access so chances are he was a good dad. What’s the big deal? I thought. watch Family abduction how bad can it be.
Often family abductions are committed by abusive, pathological parents who had limited or no access to the child. Consider the repercussions to the child:
- assumed identity
- lack of access to education
- isolation by parent to avoid detection
- psychological trauma leading to personality disorders
- physical/sexual abuse
Imagine pretending you were the opposite sex at your abducting parent’s insistence? Imagine being utterly dependent on, yet abused by your abductor? As an adult, the child becomes pathologically dependent (dependent personality disorder – DPD), or at the opposite extreme develops reactive attachment disorder (RAD). Watch dependent personality disorder.
A person with DPD goes so far as to assume the personality of a partner: s/he adopts their partners hobbies, interests, sense of humour, and perspectives. The case study of “Beth” illustrates extreme RAD. Although not abducted, Beth was raised by a sexually and physically abusive father until the age of 19 months. Watch Child of Rage: the documentary (part I). Oddly enough re-abduction, that is “snatching the kids back” is not a good move. Read When parents abduct. Rhonda Morgan, founder of Missing Children Society of Canada states “it puts the children at risk both physically and, in every case, psychologically.” How bad can it be? Worse than I thought before I read the Yahoo article.
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