Over the past five to 10 years, there has been a significant increase in the use of child custody evaluations by the courts. At the same time, the issues have become more complex and difficult. In this book, the author provides a theoretical and practical understanding of many of the issues. A key component is the integration of disparate research findings into a comprehensive resource that will enable the evaluator and the court to understand these complex issues. A second component is to provide a thorough understanding of the fact that divorce brings with it a set of complex needs, and evaluators and the courts must develop a paradigm for weighing these needs in a comprehensive manner.

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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