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By Robert M. Galatzer-Levy

The criminal process calls for psychological well-being pros to supply examine summaries to aid their reviews in baby custody circumstances. Contributions from major developmental researchers, lawyers, and clinicians describe how medical proof is correctly utilized in court docket. well timed and present, this ebook is helping evaluators entry the simplest details to meet their responsibilities to their consumers and the court docket. the second one version provides chapters on relatives commentary, parental alienation, and sexual abuse. Forensic psychologists, relatives attorneys, and judges should be built with the most up-tp-date info to help in custody judgements.

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However, we will briefly outline some common sources of confusion that arise from statistical studies in the behavioral sciences and some common methodological problems of which readers should be aware in thinking about the usefulness of the study. As discussed earlier, the mere presence of a statistical or quantitative treatment in a research paper may suggest a greater level of authority and credibility than the paper deserves. In assessing the quality of a study, remember that statistics and quantity are only tools for finding information.

In its most formal version, this process takes the form of replication, usually in a different context. Replication is often particularly important when studying behavioral and psychological issues because factors of which the investigator may be unaware can influence outcomes. When a study appears significantly inconsistent with other research findings, a high level of skepticism about that study is appropriate and a search for the causes of the differences should be made. Because isolated studies are subject to substantial errors, behavior scientists rely on them only when they must.

Moreover, terms must have commonly accepted, agreed-on definitions. Observations must be replicable both across raters and through time. The question of which data will determine whether X is a scientific fact is not simple. The things referred to in X must be clear enough so that researchers can agree whether what is observed is an example of this particular sort of thing. ’’ This becomes a significant problem in much psychological research because apparently meaningful terms may in fact have very unclear empirical referents.

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