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Family Law

Forensic Mythologies and Custody Evaluations

Part One of a Two-Part Article

As forensic psychologists and psychiatrists agree to accept appointments as evaluators or take the stand to testify about a custody matter, there are often many assumptions about forensic practice floating among those in the legal community, and even on the part of litigants, that are questionable at best.


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Author’s Note: Readers interested in reviewing the research literature underlying the material presented herein can study the following: 1) Faust, D. & Ahern, D.C. (2011): Clinical Judgment and Prediction (In D. Faust: Coping with Psychiatric and Psychological Testimony. 6th ed.); 2) Garb, H. (1998): Studying the Clinician: Judgment Research and Psychological Assessment (APA); 3) Lamb, et. al. (2000): Accuracy of Investigators’ Verbatim Notes of Their Forensic Interviews with Alleged Child Abuse Victims (Law and Human Behavior, vol. 6); 4) Stewart, R. & Chambless, D. (2007): Does Psychology Research Inform Treatment Decisions in Private Practice? (J Clinical Psychol, Vol 63).

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