The Scientific Basis of Child Custody Decisions
The legal system requires mental health professionals to provide research summaries to support their evaluations in child custody cases. Contributions from leading developmental researchers, legal professionals, and clinicians describe how scientific evidence is properly used in court. Timely and current, this book helps evaluators access the best information to fulfill their obligations to their clients and the court. The Second Edition adds chapters on family observation, parental alienation, and sexual abuse. Forensic psychologists, family lawyers, and judges will be equipped with the most current information to aid in custody decisions.
Preface. Preface to the Second Edition. Introduction (Robert M. Galatzer-Levy). References. Contributors. 1 From Empirical Findings to Custody Evaluations (Robert M. Galatzer-Levy, Jonathan Gould, and David Martindale). 2 Legal and Ethical Issues in Child Custody Evaluations (David A. Martindale and Norman M. Sheresky). 3 Observations of Parents, Caretakers, and Children for Child Custody Assessment (Anita Lampl). 4 Use of Psychological Tests in Child Custody Evaluations (Jonathan Gould, David A. Martindale, and James R. Flens). 5 An Updated Review of the Effects of System and Estimator Variables on Child Witness Accuracy in Custody Cases (Bradley D. McAuliff, Margaret Bull Kovera, and Livia L. Gilstrap). 6 The Importance of Attachment in Custody Evaluations: Toward the Best Interest of the Child (Louis Kraus and Kayla Pope). 7 Improving the Quality of Parent-Child Contact in Separating Families with Infants and Young Children: Empirical Research Foundations (Michael E. Lamb and Joan B. Kelly). 8 Divorce, Custody, and Visitation in Middle Childhood (Louis Kraus, Robin Shapiro, and Robert M. Galatzer-Levy). 9 Custody Evaluations of Adolescents (Sarghi Sharma and Christopher Thomas). 10 Adopted Children and Custody Arrangements (Susan M. Fisher). 11 Medically Ill Children and Adolescents (Brenda Bursch). 12 Parental Sexual Orientation, Social Science Research, and Child Custody Decisions (Charlotte J. Patterson). 13 Child Custody Evaluations of Parents with Major Psychiatric Disorders (Michael J. Jenuwine and Bertram J. Cohler). 14 Child Adjustment and High-Conflict Divorce (Robin M. Deutsch and Marsha Kline Pruett). 15 Evaluating Child Sexual Abuse Allegations (Kathryn Kuehnle and Mary Connell). 16 Rejection in Cases of Abuse or Alienation in Divorcing Families (Leslie M. Drozd). 17 Joint Custody: A Judicious Choice for Families—But How, When, and Why? (Marsha Kline Pruett and Carrie Barker). 18 Conclusions and Prospects (Robert M. Galatzer-Levy). Author Index. Subject Index.
ROBERT M. GALATZER-LEVY, MS, MD, is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in private practice. He serves on the faculties of The University of Chicago and The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. The coauthor of four books and more than a hundred professional publications, he has wide experience as a forensic evaluator and witness and has served in a leadership capacity in professional organizations. He is currently President of the Chicago Psychoanalytic Society and Secretary of the American Psychoanalytic Association. LOUIS KRAUS, MD, is Chair and the Woman's Board Professor of the Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center. He has extensive experience in the interface of psychiatry and the law including consulting with the Department of Justice and significant work with youth advocacy. JEANNE GALATZER-LEVY, MS, is a medical writer and editor. She is an Associate Director in the Office of Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The leading experts on forensic assessment in child custody decisions present up-to-date coverage based on the latest scientific findings and most current research Fully revised and updated, The Scientific Basis of Child Custody Decisions, Second Edition gives mental health professionals the research summaries the legal system requires to support their evaluations, and presents legal professionals with a strong foundation for understanding the psychological basis of custody decisions. This thorough and up-to-date Second Edition reflects the most current research in this dynamic and expanding field and enables evaluators and legal professionals to quickly and fully access the best information to fulfill their obligations to their clients and the courts. The new edition offers in-depth discussions of how scientific evidence is properly used in court, including the legal status of empirical studies and psychological testing. It also includes new chapters covering: The impact of divorce on children The contribution of psychological tests to custody-relevant evaluations Observations of families: using valid methods for custody evaluations Custody and visitation for infants and toddlers Considerations of major parental psychopathology in custody decisions The best interests of the children of gay and lesbian parents Assessing sexual abuse allegations in divorce, custody, and visitation disputes Evaluation of parental alienation Presenting contributions from leading researchers in child development, expert legal profess-ionals, renowned forensic psychologists, and other mental health professionals including Jonathan Gould, Michael Lamb, Charlotte Patterson, Joan Kelly, and Leslie Drozd, The Scientific Basis of Child Custody Decisions, Second Edition enables all mental health professionals, as well as lawyers, judges, custody evaluators, and policymakers, to competently navigate the tangle of information and concepts involved in child custody decisions.
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