Use of MMPI-2/MMPI-A in Child Custody Evaluations

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MMPI-2 & MMPI-A use in child custody evaluations, decision making in divorce court proceedings

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focus . . . is on child custody evaluations and decision making in the context of divorce [and domestic court proceedings] / the utility of the MMPI-2/MMPI-A with respect to child custody evaluations is examined / identify how the MMPI-2/MMPI-A may be incorporated into the child custody evaluation process, a process that is necessarily multisource and multimethod / after a brief overview of the significance of this area, the legal parameters of child custody decision making and the courts' treatment of the MMPI/MMPI-2 with respect to child custody evaluations are reviewed / current child custody evaluation practices and criticisms of these practices are presented / review . . . MMPI research that is potentially relevant to parenting and child custody decision making and evaluations / recommendations for how the MMPI-2/MMPI-A may be used in the custody evaluation process are followed by recommendations for further research in this area a case study [of 2 parents in the process of determining custody of their 7-yr-old son] that depicts the potential utility of the MMPI-2 in child custody evaluations is presented.

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Use of the MMPI-2/MMPI-A in child custody evaluations, in Y. S. Ben-Porath, J. R. Graham, G. C. N. Hall, R. D. Hirschman, & M. S. Zaragoza (Eds.), Applied psychology, Vol. 2. Individual, social, and community issues. Forensic applications of the MMPI-2 , pp. 222-252