Do not be deceived, as I was - mia culpa! - by the disarming size of this diminutive volume, because this booklet is a treasure trove of indispensable, soundly reasoned, captivating logic regarding the validity of a psychosocial condition which Dr. Richard A. Gardner termed the "parental alienation syndrome" - but which is more recently being referred to as a "disorder."
If brevity is the soul of wit, or if "less is more," then Janelle Burrill's cogent booklet exemplifies the soul of wit.
For readers who believe this book's logically reasoned presentation may omit a vital component, look at the text again, and you may find what you are looking for.
This booklet's author logically confronts the critics who deny the validity or existence of the "parental alienation syndrome" (or "disorder"). Ms. Burrill concludes, from logically reasoned examination, that, as defined, the "parental alienation syndrome" is a valid concept.
The author's reasoned conclusion regarding the validity of the "parental alienation syndrome" concept mirrors the conclusion regarding the validity of the "parental alienation syndrome" concept reached by the American Bar Association "Section of Family Law's" book entitled CREATING EFFECTIVE PARENTING PLANS: A DEVELOPMENTAL APPROACH FOR LAWYERS AND DIVORCE PROFESSIONALS, i.e., that (page 111) "if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck" - ergo, if the facts of an individual case of alleged child alienation fit the conceptual profile of this psychosocial condition, then there is a compelling fit.
When, initially, I superficially examined Janelle Burrill's published dissertation, my initial impression was that publishing her dissertation was an act of hubris and self-advertisement by Janelle Burrill. However, when I actually read this booklet's text, I realized that Janelle Burrill had reason to believe her booklet is a worthwhile pioneering contribution to the fledgling concept and literature of the "parental alienation syndrome." and that by publishing her dissertation Ms. Burrill was contributing to the acceptance of the "parental alienation syndrome" concept and, in doing so, is promoting the "best interests" of alienated children and parents of alienated children.
This booklet's title is somewhat misleading, as it suggests that the book provides legal instruction as to how to apply the "parental alienation syndrome" concept in contested child custody cases being litigated in court. However, from a non-legal perspective, this booklet does provide useful guidance.
Postscript (1/17/11): The first "comment" to this review alleges some serious charges against the author of this booklet. I do not know if these alleged charges do in fact exist and, if so, whether these alleged charges are true or false. I have not reread Janelle Burrill's booklet since I initially posted this "customer review." However, these alleged charges are irrelevant to the validity of the text of Janelle Burrill's booklet, or to the validity of my "customer review." Janelle Burrill's well-resoned booklet appealed to me because I am a "target" parent who (like my daughter) is a victim of my child's alienation from me. I therefore wholeheartedly support the PAS concept, and reasoned literature which supports the PAS concept. I don't give a hoot whether PAS is called a "syndrome" or not; PAS exists.