An Alternative Assessment to Child Custody Evaluations

“Child custody evaluators are completely free to arbitrarily apply, misapply, or not apply any, some, or none of the established principles and constructs of professional psychology to the interpretation of the data.”

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

Reliability:  The stability of the conclusions and findings of an assessment procedure.

Validity:  The truth or accuracy of the conclusions and findings resulting from an assessment procedure.


There is no established validity to the conclusions and recommendations reached by child custody evaluations.  There is no scientific evidence documenting the construct validity, content validity, predictive validity, convergent validity, or divergent validity for the conclusions and recommendations reached by child custody evaluations. 

There is no established inter-rater reliability regarding the conclusions and recommendations reached by child custody evaluations.  This means that the conclusions and recommendations reached by any individual child custody evaluation are merely the opinions of this one person – the one psychologist conducting the evaluation – and the conclusions and recommendations reached by this one individual psychologist may not be matched by the conclusions and recommendations reached by another psychologist given the same set of information.

Two different child…

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