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Conducting Scientifically Crafted Child Custody Evaluations
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Conducting Scientifically Crafted Child Custody Evaluations



July 1998 | 397 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This comprehensive guide presents the literature on child custody evaluations in a coherent, logically integrated format that can be applied directly to practice.

Jonathan Gould proposes new assessment models that are based on studies of the 10 percent of divorced couples who pursue resolution of custody disputes. The book comprises: a conceptual framework - history, systems, standards and rules, and business/office management issues; the evaluation process - practical hands-on guidance; and suggestions for the evaluator preparing for the court.

 
Introduction
 
The Role of the Forensic Child Custody Evaluator
 
Expert Testimony and Presentation of Scientific Evidence
 
Developing a Conceptual Model for Custodial Assessment
 
The Forensic Interview of the Parents
 
The Forensic Interview of the Child
 
Psychological Variables To Consider in Custody Determinations
 
Special Circumstances
 
Beyond the Court-Ordered Evaluation
 
Use of Psychological Tests in Forensic Assessment
 
Custodial Determination
 
Developing Parenting Plans
 
Data-Organizing Tools
 
Providing Testimony in Court
 
Report Writing

"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 McIsaac
Director, Oregon Family Institue and former editor of Family Conciliation Courts Review

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ISBN: 9780761911012
£77.00