ERIC Number: ED302762
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug-14
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Professional Standards of Practice in Child Custody Examinations.
Howell, Robert J.
Professional standards of practice for psychologists are vital in child custody work. The psychologist should examine all parties involved and should be acutely aware of and compliant with the current state laws as related to child custody. Objectivity is of paramount importance. This can best be achieved if the psychologist is appointed by the judge as a friend of the court. The psychologist should be satisfied that the report fairly represents the psychologist's opinion regardless of who is paying the bill. While psychology tests may be of some value in determining levels of intelligence, existence of mental disorders, etc., there is no substitute for thorough examinations of the parents individually, of the child or children individually and of the child or children as they interact with the parents. Further, the psychologist should contact the grandparents, neighbors, employers, etc., to get as complete a picture as possible. Although it is a cliche, the psychologist should only be concerned about the best interest of the child or children as it relates to the specific standards of the particular state's laws. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (96th, Atlanta, GA, August 12-16, 1988).