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Family Law Litigation

Child Custody Evaluations

Proper Use of Psychological Test Results

Child custody evaluations often include administration, scoring, and interpretation of psychological tests. Custody evaluators who present results and interpretation of psychological test scores often discuss only their interpretation of the scores.

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Child custody evaluations often include administration, scoring, and interpretation of psychological tests. Custody evaluators who present results and interpretation of psychological test scores often discuss only their interpretation of the scores. For example, a parent is administered the MMPI-2. This test is scored using a computer-scoring program, which provides a series of numbers that are interpreted by the evaluator to suggest that the parent is depressed and highly anxious. Evaluators often fail to provide test scores in the report, making it difficult to determine whether the score is actually at a high level.

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