A Solution to Assessing the Best Interests of the Child

“Determining Best Interests
So how should we define the best interests of the child relative to various custody time-share alternatives?

Answer: There is no information in the research or theoretical literature that would allow professional psychology to develop or render an opinion regarding this question. None.

I know the child development literature. I know the clinical psychology literature. I know the research literature surrounding children, families, and divorce. There is no information in the research or theoretical literature that would allow professional psychology to develop or render an opinion regarding this question. None.

The best professional psychology can do is to identify child abuse, in which case a child protection response of 100% – 0% custody time-share is warranted for as long as the abuse potential exists. “

Dr. Craig Childress: Attachment Based "Parental Alienation" (AB-PA)

In my previous blog post,A Solution to Assessing Parental Capacity, I describe how the most basic and fundamental principle in developing an assessment procedure for any construct is to first define the construct (which is called its “operational definition” for assessment purposes).

This is absolutely Assessment 101 – basic and foundational. 

First, operationally define the construct.

For the construct of intelligence, Spearman proposed a two-factor definition of intelligence involving an overarching form of intellectual ability – a general intelligence factor which he called g – along with specific individual factors which he callled s, such as Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning, and Computation, .

Thurstone, on the other hand, rejected Spearman’s proposal of a general factor (g) and instead proposed a multi-factor theory.  Thurstone analyzed scores from 56 different tests taken by children of different ages, from which he identified seven “primary mental abilities” that include; 1) Numerical…

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