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  • From: "Gregory DeClue Ph. D. ABPP" <gregdeclue@xxxxxx>
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  • Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2010 07:18:56 -0400

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Assessing Parental Risk in Parenting Plan (Child Custody)
Phillip H. Witt, Associates in Psychological Services, P.A., Somerville, NJ 
Email: phwitt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx (Corresponding author)
Hannah L. Merdian, Psychology Department, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New 
Mary Connell, Independent Practice, Fort Worth, TX
Douglas P. Boer, Psychology Department, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New 
Abstract: One type of claim in parenting assessment (child custody)[1] cases is 
that one parent, typically the father, is alleged to be engaging in improper or 
compulsive sexual behavior via the Internet.  The sexual behavior at issue can 
range from frequent sexually explicit chats with other adults to compulsive 
viewing of adult pornography.  In more extreme cases, the problematic behavior 
may involve viewing child pornography, and in some cases, the parent faces 
actual criminal charges in this regard.  The present article reviews the 
current scientific knowledge base for evaluation of risk in such parenting 
evaluation cases and provides some guidelines and recommendations for an 
evaluator in the assessment process.

[1] The term “parenting-plan evaluation” or “parenting evaluation”  is used 
instead of “custody evaluation” to reflect the current focus, in all states, on 
legal decision-making in contested parenting cases that seeks to maximize the 
capacities of each parent to contribute positively to meeting the child’s 
needs.  “Custody” and “visitation” may have come to imply a “winner take all” 
notion that is no longer an accurate reflection of  the understanding of what 
is in children’s best interests.

Grisso, T. (2010). Guidance for improving forensic reports: A review of common 
errors. Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology, 2, 102-115.

Abstract: This study employed a national sample of forensic reports that had 
been critiqued by a panel of advanced forensic mental-health practitioners 
serving as reviewers for the American Board of Forensic Psychology.  The study 
describes all of the discrete types of faults that reviewers encountered in the 
reports, and then converts them to prescriptive statements to guide forensic 
report writing.  The study also identifies the most frequent report-writing 
problems in this sample.  The results were not intended to describe the quality 
of forensic reports in the U.S., but rather to offer guidance for improving the 
quality of forensic reports.

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