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Use of Psychological Testing in Custody Evaluations
Use of psychological testing in custody evaluations

Among professionals, there is controversy regarding the use of psychological testing in child custody evaluations. The view from some is that no psychological test specifically identifies parenting capacity and that psychological tests cannot differentiate parenting abilities. Others support the view that psychologists can use psychological tests and parenting inventories to develop a set of hypotheses about each parent's respective parenting ability and that the tests may help to differentiate abilities between the parents. This chapter addresses issues related to the use of psychological testing in child custody evaluations, including a description of the commonly used tests, the applicability of validity and reliability issues in custody evaluations, the benefits and risks of using psychological ...

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