ERIC Number: ED225674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Child Development Research in Court.
Shelton, Lawrence G.
Recent trends in litigation involving child custody, parental rights, foster care, and child abuse draw heavily on interpretations of developmental research and theory. In a recent landmark case, a developmentalist testified on a number of issues for which scant developmental data were found. These issues included neonatal bonding and the development of attachments, consequences of separation from the mother and of subsequent reunion, maternal/infant relational qualities minimally necessary for normal development, maternal/infant interaction and relationships when the mother is schizophrenic, long-term consequences of rearing by a schizophrenic mother, and short- and long-term consequences of abuse during infancy. Inadequacies of currently available research to deal with these issues are discussed, and appropriate research strategies are defined. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Child Custody; Expert Witness; Parent Rights
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (San Francisco, CA, March 15-18, 1979).