In Conducting Scientifically Crafted Child Custody Evaluations, author Jonathan W. Gould compiles the literature on child custody evaluation into a coherent, logically integrated format that can be applied directly to practice. This empirically based book represents state-of-the-art forensic techniques in the rapidly changing field of child custody evaluation. Gould challenges this dynamic field to further advance by enhancing its level of professionalism and strengthening its scientific basis. Currently, only 10% of divorcing couples with children pursue resolution of custody disputes. The author questions whether this minority comprises a unique population that requires separate, uniquely developed intervention protocols. He asks, "If the people who request forensic child custody evaluation comprise a unique population, how useful are our assessment tools when they have not been validated on this distinctive group?" Proposing new assessment models that are, in fact, based on studies with this population, Gould emphasizes that this is one of the fastest growing areas of professional involvement for practicing psychologists, counselors, and social workers. Divided into three parts, the book covers a conceptual framework, the evaluation process, and suggestions for the evaluator in preparing for court.
This book targets psychologists, social workers, and students in the fields of family social work, family psychology, family counseling, forensic psychology, family studies, and family law.