The Scientific Basis of Child Custody Decisions / Edition 1

The Scientific Basis of Child Custody Decisions / Edition 1

by Robert M. Galatzer-Levy
     
 

Making the Best Child Custody Decision.

To truly address the child's best interest, decisions awarding custody should be based on the best possible information. In this essential book, leading child development researchers, legal professionals, and clinicians analyze the legal status of empirical studies, the role of psychological testing, and the evaluation and

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Overview

Making the Best Child Custody Decision.

To truly address the child's best interest, decisions awarding custody should be based on the best possible information. In this essential book, leading child development researchers, legal professionals, and clinicians analyze the legal status of empirical studies, the role of psychological testing, and the evaluation and proper use of scientific evidence.

The authors present current research on topics including evaluating and using child witnesses, the problems of stepfamilies, handling sexual abuse allegations, the impact of divorce on infants and very young children, and the special custody issues raised by medically ill children and adolescents. Lawyers, judges, custody evaluators, social workers, psychologists, policymakers, and parents can use this book to understand the tangle of information and concepts involved in child custody decisions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471174783
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
1.06(w) x 7.00(h) x 10.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction (R. Galatzer-Levy & L. Kraus).

Legal and Ethical Issues in Child Custody Litigation (J. Myers & R. Erickson).

From Empirical Findings to Custody Decisions (R. Galatzer-Levy & E. Ostrov).

Understanding the Relationship beween Children and Caregivers (L. Kraus).

The Child and the Vicissitudes of Divorce (J. Wallerstein & S. Corbin).

The Adjustment of Children from Divorced Families: Implications of Empirical Research for Intervention (J. Grych & F. Fincham).

The Contribution of Psychological Tests to Custody-Relevant Evaluations (B. Bricklin).

Child Witnesses in Custody Cases: The Effects of System and Estimator Variables on the Accuracy of Their Reports (M. Kovera & B. McAuliff).

The Impact of Divorce on Infants and Very Young Children (L. Mayes & A. Molitor-Siegl).

Divorce, Custody, and Visitation in Mid-Childhood (B. Leventhal, et al.).

Custody Evaluations of Adolescents (A. Ravitz).

The Remarriage Family in Custody Evaluation (J. Lebow, et al.).

Adopted Children and Custody Arrangements (S. Fisher).

Custody Evaluations for Medically Ill Children and Adolescents (B. Bursch & L. Vitti).

Major Parental Psychology and Child Custody (M. Jenuwine & B. Cohler).

The Best Interest of Children of Gay and Lesbian Parents (A. Buxton).

Assessing Sexual Abuse Allegations in Divorce, Custody, and Visitation Disputes (J. McGleughlin, et al.).

Joint Custody and Empirical Knowledge: The Estranged Bedfellows of Divorce (M. Pruett & C. Santangelo).

Children and High-Conflict Divorce: Theory, Research, and Intervention (D. Doolittle & R. Deutsch).

Conclusion (R. Galatzer-Levy).

Indexes.

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