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Studies in the Assessment of Parenting

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ISBN13: 9781583911792
ISBN: 1583911790
Published: September 2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print



Courts considering the future of maltreated children face complex and controversial questions, and the professional experts advising the courts must often address dilemmas which are key to the child's future but challenge the limits of current knowledge.;""Studies in the Assessment of Parenting"" brings together experts who consider difficult questions that can arise during family proceedings, and respond with practical approaches for dealing with these demanding and complex issues. A wide range of chapter topics place emphasis on considering the child's perspective whilst assessing parents who show a range of problems. Chapter topics are presented as challenging questions such as: what principles guide parenting assessments?; can parents with personality disorders adequately care for children?; and how does a judge weigh up a case?;This volume offers a review of the latest literature but moreover a practical guide essential to those such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and paediatricians who give their expert opinions to courts in child care cases. In addition it should inform a range of professionals involved in day-to-day child protection work or whose role it is to enhance the safety and well-being of children within their families.

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Contents:
Section 1a: Principles and Practice. What Principles Guide Parenting Assessments?a Reder, Duncan and Lucey , How are Assessments Conducted for Family Proceedings? Reder, Duncan and Lucey, Would Cultural Matching Ensure Culturally Competent Assessments? Maitra, Section 2a: The Child's Perspective. What is the Relevance of Attachment to Parenting Assessments? Baker. What are the Significant Dimensions of Harm to a Child? Duncan and Baker. Are children reliable witnesses to their experiences? Westcott and Jones. How much should children's views count? Reder, Duncan .
Section 3 : Can Adolescents parent? Reder, Fitzpatrick, Can Parents with Personality disorders adequately care for children? Cordess, Can violent parents be fit parents? Sturge , How do Mental Health Problems Affect Parenting? Duncan, Reder, Would Exploration of Unresolved Conflicts Inform Parenting Assessments? Reder, Duncan, Does the Past Predict the Future? Reder Section 4: Is it Possible to Work with Parental Denial? Bentovim , What Contact Arrangements are in a Child's Best Interests? Lucey, Sturge, Fellow-Smith, Reder, Long-term Foster-care or Adoption? Triseliotis, How Does a Judge Weigh up a Case? Lord Justice Thorpe.