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Avaliação Psicológica

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LAGO, Vivian de Medeiros  and  BANDEIRA, Denise Ruschel. Practices in child custody evaluations in Brazil. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2008, vol.7, n.2, pp. 223-234. ISSN 1677-0471.

The current study investigated the practices of child custody experienced psychologists from different regions of Brazil. Fifty-one psychologists took part in the study, and answered an online questionnaire, consisting of questions about personal and professional data, child custody evaluation and the use of tests. Descriptive analyses of the sociodemographic and educational characteristics of the participants as well as of the questions of the instrument were carried out. Comparisons among the Brazilian regions were also made. Results indicated that interviews are the most frequently used procedures in this type of evaluation, besides visits to parents' homes and school. Among the most employed tests were the HTP, Rorschach, TAT and the Human Figure Drawing. A discussion about the construction of a scale to measure parental bonds was also presented. The study showed an overview about child custody evaluations in Brazil, providing important guidelines for the psychologists who work in the field of the Forensic Psychology.

Keywords : Forensic Psychological assessment; Child Custody Dispute; Forensic Psychology.

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