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Lecture 11

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Anthony Ruocco

April 3, 2012 Evaluation of Child Custody in Divorce  Best interest of child is paramount  Difficult for a psychologist, who is a third party, to determine accurately which parent should have custody of a child  Ackerman-Schoendorf Scales for Parent Evaluation of Custody- it is a battery of tests made up of other tests; anyone can come up with a battery of tests, just by combining a set of tests; this test takes a very long time to administer; high scores are a better choice for custody; so in court the index for each parent would be presented; validity testing needed before it can be used with confidence  Heilbrun recommended guidelines for the practice of forensic psychological assessment; what he said is that there should be standards for what type of testimony should be allowed in court; tests should be commercially available and well documented; reliability should be .8 and higher; all based on Dalbert principles; has to be in ideal settings when testing is done, otherwise we won`t know if the person can complete the test properly; validated, normed in a relevant population; actuarial formulas should be available (actuarial vs. clinical decisions); include symptom validity tests  Psychopathy Checklist-Revised- based on anti-social behaviour; looks at the person`s background in terms of criminal history; then asks them how they behave and think about certain situations; Factor 1: selfishness, callousness, and remorselessness; Factor 2: (anti-social lifestyle factor) Chronically unstable and antisocial lifestyle;  Penile Plethysmograph- often used in assessment of sexual offenders; measures engorgement of the penis; Canada is one of the few places in the world where researchers are allowed to use pictures of naked children; use child pornography to examine how turned on these people get by these pictures; Mercury-In-Rubber strain gauge is the older, less sophisticated one; Electromechanical strain gauge is the newer, technological one; sometimes behaviour conditioning is used (shocks); in extreme cases, brain surgeries, lobotomies are done Comput
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