Child Custody Cases: A Content Analysis of Evaluations in Practice

Leah S. Horvath, T. K. Logan, Robert Walker

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Abstract

Guidelines for custody evaluations recommend multiple ways for assessing the parent-child relationship and outline appropriate means of assessing special issues such as domestic violence, child abuse, and substance use. However, little is known about the implementation of these guidelines in practice. This study examines 60% of custody evaluations in one circuit court over a 2-year period. Custody evaluations were examined for adherence to guidelines and for differences based on evaluator training. This analysis suggests much variety in techniques used and a lack of consistency between guidelines and clinical practice. The findings suggest a need for more standardized approaches to conducting custody evaluations as well as the assessment of domestic violence, child abuse, and substance abuse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557-565
Number of pages9
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (all)

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