Conducting Scientifically Crafted Child Custody Evaluations / Edition 2

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Overview

In Conducting Seientifically 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 advance further by enhancing its level of professionalism and strengthening its scientific basis. Divided into three parts, the book covers a conceptual framework, the evaluation process, and suggestions for the evaluator in preparing for court.
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Integrates the multifaceted components of behavioral science literature and the law into a unified approach to child custody evaluations. The author discusses the role of the forensic child custody evaluator, a conceptual model for custodial assessment, the forensic interview of the parents, custodial determination, providing testimony in court, and report writing. The focus is on the commitment to craft child custody evaluations into empirically based, scientifically sound, legally admissible documents that serve the court. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Hugh McIsaac

"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 Mc Isaac
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568870878
  • Publisher: Professional Resource Exchange Inc
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 506
  • Sales rank: 1,428,621
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 The Role of the Forensic Child Custody Evaluator 11
3 Expert Testimony and Presentation of Scientific Evidence 24
4 Developing a Conceptual Model for Custodial Assessment 49
5 The Forensic Interview of the Parents 74
6 The Forensic Interview of the Child 96
7 Psychological Variables to Consider in Custody Determinations 115
8 Special Circumstances 138
9 Beyond the Court-Ordered Evaluation 183
10 Use of Psychological Tests in Forensic Assessment 196
11 Custodial Determination 220
12 Developing Parenting Plans 247
13 Data-Organizing Tools 277
14 Providing Testimony in Court 289
15 Report Writing 308
References 326
Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists: Committee on Ethical Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists 336
Guidelines for Child Custody Evaluations in Divorce Proceedings 346
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts: Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluation 355
APSAC Practice Guidelines: Use of Anatomical Dolls in Child Sexual Abuse Assessments 363
Index 374
About the Author 387
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