FILE - This Jan. 29, 1996 picture shows Alec Baldwin and his wife Kim Basinger in Los Angeles. The American Psychiatric Association has a hot potato on its hands as it updates its catalog of mental ... more 
FILE - This Jan. 29, 1996 picture shows Alec Baldwin and his wife Kim Basinger in Los Angeles. The American Psychiatric Association has a hot potato on its hands as it updates its catalog of mental disorders _ whether to include parental alienation, the long-disputed concept of one estranged parent turning a child against the other. Parental alienation surged onto the pop-culture radar screen a few years ago as a consequence of the bitter divorce and child custody battle involving actors Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger. Baldwin was harshly criticized by some feminist groups for citing parental alienation syndrome as a source of his estrangement with his daughter. The concept is a source of confusion and division in the legal profession, as some lawyers try to evoke parental alienation and others challenge that tactic. less 
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