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Urgent Need for Quality Control in Child Custody Psychological Evaluations  

Author:  Robin  Yeamans, J.D..

Source: Volume 05, Number 03, Winter 2013 , pp.199-223(25)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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In light of the aura of scientific credibility undeservedly given to court-ordered psychological evaluations and those who perform them, it seems astonishing to realize the continuing utter lack of solid research underlying the theories and procedures on which these evaluations are based. In response to this dearth, attorney Robin Yeamans, a long-time stalwart defender of custodially embattled mothers, provides the precise details of four cases in which child custody evaluators applied unsound theories and questionable practices, ultimately leading to the demise of relationships between perfectly fit parents and their offspring. Here, with the battle worn eyes of an expert working in the trenches, Ms. Yeamans uses these cases to address what is perhaps the most obvious and important question pertaining to custody evaluations: that is, do psychological evaluators do a good job of predicting which parenting arrangements are best for children after their parents separate?

Keywords: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2); psychologist competence; computer scoring of psychological tests

Affiliations:  1: Attorney at Law.

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