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Conducting Scientifically Crafted Child Custody Evaluations

Conducting Scientifically Crafted Child Custody Evaluations

May 1998 | 397 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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.

The Role of the Forensic Child Custody Evaluator
Expert Testimony and Presentation of Scientific Evidence
Developing a Conceptual Model for Custodial Assessment
The Forensic Interview of the Parents
The Forensic Interview of the Child
Psychological Variables To Consider in Custody Determinations
Special Circumstances
Beyond the Court-Ordered Evaluation
Use of Psychological Tests in Forensic Assessment
Custodial Determination
Developing Parenting Plans
Data-Organizing Tools
Providing Testimony in Court
Report Writing

"Jonathan W. Gould’s text is one of the best researched and comprehensive books on child custody evaluations I have read. This book is invaluable to evaluators, attorneys, and judges who participate in these crucial decisions affecting the lives of children and their families." 

Hugh McIsaac
Director, Oregon Family Institue and former editor of Family Conciliation Courts Review

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ISBN: 9780761911012