The concise approach to child custody assessment

Mart, Eric G.
December 2003
Journal of Psychiatry & Law;Winter2003, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p461
Academic Journal
This article examines a number of problems inherent in mainstream models of child-custody assessments. Attention is focused on problems with the way such assessments are conceptualized as well as limitations in the scientific support for commonly utilized methodologies. Suggestions are made for a new custody assessment model that is concise rather than comprehensive. This model differs from more traditional approaches in that it explicitly defines the scope of the assessment and provides a logical nexus between data collected in the evaluation and the conclusions of the evaluator. This alternative assessment model provides the court with less, but more reliable, information by utilizing techniques with the greatest validity regarding court-defined assessment issues.


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