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ERIC Number: ED257007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Pages: 45
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Custody Evaluation Model for Pre-School Children.
Roseby, Vivienne
This document addresses the needs of mental health consultants involved in decision-making in custody disputes. A psycho-ecological model for assessing contexts of development in cases involving preschool children is presented, and the theoretical basis and rationale for the model are discussed. Issues, instruments, and findings of recent empirical developmental research are reviewed and incorporated into the theoretical framework of the practice model. In an outline of the model, the life space of the child is divided into three areas: settings and relationships that directly involve the developing child (microsystem); communication pathways between settings of the microsystem (mesosystem); and settings and social factors that indirectly influence development (exosystem). Parent-child relationships, and home and alternative child care settings within the microsystem are examined, and Erikson's developmental stages within these settings are discussed. Critical assessment issues are presented, and assessment methods for each of these issues are suggested. Issues such as attachment versus competence, identification of the principal parent, authoritative parenting, parent-child communication, and parent role models are considered. The effects of income loss and maternal employment are examined, and networks of support are discussed. A seven-page bibliography is appended. (NRB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Support Staff; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A