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The Scientific Basis of Child Custody Decisions, 2nd Edition

The Scientific Basis of Child Custody Decisions, 2nd Edition

Robert M. Galatzer-Levy (Editor), Louis Kraus (Editor), Jeanne Galatzer-Levy (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-03858-1

Apr 2009

528 pages

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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 to the Second Edition.

Introduction (Robert M. Galatzer-Levy).



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.