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

Among professionals, controversy exists regarding the use of psychological testing in child custody evaluations. The view from some is that there is no psychological test that specifically identifies parenting capacity, and that psychological tests cannot differentiate parenting abilities. The view from others supports 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, applicability of validity/reliability issues in custody evaluations, benefits and risks of using psychological ...

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