Conducting Scientifically Crafted Child Custody Evaluations

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SAGE, May 20, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 387 pages
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This comprehensive guide presents the literature on child custody evaluations in a coherent, logically integrated format that can be applied directly to practice.

Jonathan Gould proposes new assessment models that are based on studies of the 10 percent of divorced couples who pursue resolution of custody disputes. The book comprises a conceptual framework - history, systems, standards and rules, and business/office management issues, the evaluation process - practical hands-on guidance, and suggestions for the evaluator preparing for the court.

  

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Contents

TWO The Role of the Forensic Child Custody
11
IH R E E Expert Testimony and Presentation
24
Custodial Assessment
49
FIVE The Forensic Interview of the Parents
74
SEVEN Psychological Variables to Consider
115
EIGH Special Circumstances
138
NINE Beyond the CourtOrdered Evaluation
183
Assessment
196
TWELVE Developing Parenting Plans
247
THIRTEEN DataOrganizing Tools
277
OUnTEEH Providing Testimony in Court
289
FIFTEEN Report Writing
308
Committee on Ethical Guidelines for Forensic
328
Guidelines for Child Custody Evaluations
346
Use of Anatomical
363
Copyright

ELEVEN Custodial Determination
220

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About the author (1998)

Jonathan W. Gould, PhD, practices forensic psychology with a specialization in issues related to family law, including child custody, and is board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He performs court-appointed custody evaluations and consults with attorneys and psychologists in the areas of child custody, Child Protective Services evaluations such as termination of parental rights, and professional ethics and standards. Dr. Gould also consults with attorneys in the areas of criminal child sexual abuse and other forms of child maltreatment. With David A. Martindale, he is a principal in the consulting group Child Custody Consultants.
David A. Martindale, PhD, is board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He performed court-appointed custody evaluations for 16 years in New York state and served as the Reporter for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts' "Model Standards for Child Custody Evaluation," Dr. Martindale's practice is now limited to consulting with attorneys, psychologists, and psychology licensing boards in the areas of child custody and professional ethics and standards. With Jonathan W. Gould, he is a principal in the consulting group Child Custody Consultants.

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