The Art and Science of Child Custody Evaluations

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Guilford Press, 2007 - Psychology - 450 pages
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Addressing key topics in child custody evaluation, this book provides essential knowledge for practitioners who want to meet the highest standards for both scientific validity and legal admissibility. The authors are leading experts who describe the latest data-based approaches to understanding and assessing relevant child, parent, and family factors. Going beyond the basics, the book gives in-depth attention to challenging, frequently encountered issues, such as how to evaluate allegations of domestic violence, child sexual abuse, and child alienation. Also covered are the complexities of interviewing children effectively and working in the adversarial forensic context. A user-friendly appendix contains sample letters and statements of understanding, with permission to photocopy.

  

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Contents

The Best Interests of the Child Standard
31
Ethics and Methods
55
Minimizing and Correcting for Bias
86
Increasing the Reliability and Relevance of Child Custody Evaluations
98
Interviewing Children
110
Childrens Voices
124
PART III
143
Assessment of Parent Factors
184
PART IV
239
Assessing Allegations of Domestic Violence
277
Assessing Allegations of Child Alienation
317
Another Call for Humility
351
SAMPLE STATEMENTS OF UNDERSTANDING AND LETTERS
361
REFERENCES
387
INDEX
441
Copyright

Assessment of Family Factors
221

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About the author (2007)

Jonathan W. Gould, PhD, ABPP, 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.

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David A. Martindale, PhD, ABPP, 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.

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