By Richard A. Marafiote
Separation and divorce became an inevitable think about American society. Even these folks who've no longer skilled those occasions di rectly were touched by means of them via organization with mom and dad, neighbors, pals, or co-workers. usually, we've saw those members convey various unfavourable feelings, together with lack of confidence, nervousness, melancholy, worry, and anger. If young ones are concerned, their par ents' judgements and sometimes dysfunctional maneuvers during this subject will probably have a profound have an effect on on them. One such selection can be with whom they are going to stay. even if the nice majority of kids will stay with their moms following a divorce, this association isn't any longer authorized as inevitable. adjustments similar to an ever-increasing num ber of moms with full-time out of domestic employment and learn helping the importance and competence of fathers in baby rearing have led many observers to problem the idea of maternal supe riority. those alterations, in addition to these regarding the legislations and baby cus tody, for instance the elevated acceptability of a joint custody set up ment, have complex the method of identifying the place a toddler should still reside after his or her mom and dad' divorce. accordingly, others are fre quently referred to as upon to help within the selection making and render an opin ion relating custody and visitation. generally those members could be contributors of the psychological wellbeing and fitness profession.
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Purcell, per- 46 CHAPTER 2 sonal communication, February 20, 1980; Rodgers, 1976; Trombetta, 1982; Trunnell, 1976; Westman & Lord, 1980; Woody, 1978). Unfortunately, understanding how psychological tests are used in the custody evaluation is not easy. , Chasin & Grunebaum, 1981; Trunnell, 1976). Most writers identify the tests they use and then briefly discuss the reasons for their choice. None of the writers, however, explain how they use the resultant raw data. Questions such as the following are never addressed: Which TAT themes or figure drawing configurations are significant?
111) during interaction with each parent. Levy (1978) appears to focus on different facets of the parent--child relationship. He writes: Attention is focused on the emotional and psychological relationships of children and parents with each other. Empathy, flexibility, understanding, fear, anxiety, trust closeness, appreciation and comfort can be clinically judged. (p. 195) Furthermore, he investigates the child's "unconscious attitudes and feelings toward each parent," any statements the child makes about the parents, and his or her attitude in the company of the parents.
Of 64 contested custody cases, 92% (59 cases) of the courtworker's written reports "generally" considered the child's adjustment in recommending custody, and 59% (38 cases) focused heavily on this area of assessment. Child adjustment was one of only four "emphasized" categories, the remaining three being caretaking arrangements (88%), parenting skills and com- 42 CHAPTER 2 mitment (72%), and the child's wishes (63%). Olson, Cleveland, Doyle, Rochcastle, Robinson, Reimer, Minton, Caron, and Cohen (1979) reviewed 40 articles that focused on custody criteria and grouped them into nine categories, one of which was the child's adjustment.
The Custody of Children: A Behavioral Assessment Model by Richard A. Marafiote