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Covering the mental health expert's many roles as therapist, mediator, evaluator, consultant to attorneys, expert witness, and more, Philip M. Stahl's Conducting Child Custody Evaluations: From Basic to Complex Issues addresses key topics such as the best interests of the child, custody and time share, divorce and its impact on children, and children's developmental needs. From tackling the terror of testifying to critiquing your own child custody evaluations and avoiding bias inherent in this work, this practical and easy-to-read book offers comprehensive coverage vital to practitioners in this field.
Chapter 11: Nonviolent High-Conflict Families
Research on high-conflict families (Johnston, 1994; Johnston & Campbell, 1988; Johnston & Roseby, 1997; Johnston, Roseby, & Kuehnle, 2009) reveals a continuum of problems between divorcing parents and a variety of factors that contribute to the problems. Some families are mildly entrenched in conflict and can benefit from guidance and structured recommendations. The more difficult of these families may seem to make little progress, even with rather extensive intervention (e.g., therapy and case management). Some parents have personality traits that exacerbate conflicts, perhaps by exaggerating or being quite rigid. In the next section, I will focus on the way in which the parents' respective personality traits contribute to the degree and nature of the conflict. One of the most challenging ...