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Children Who Resist Postseparation Parental ContactA Differential Approach for Legal and Mental Health Professionals$
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Barbara Jo Fidler, Nicholas Bala, and Michael A. Saini

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199895496

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895496.001.0001

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Assessment and Measurement Tools for Alienation

Assessment and Measurement Tools for Alienation

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(p.77) 4 Assessment and Measurement Tools for Alienation
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Children Who Resist Postseparation Parental Contact
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Barbara Jo Fidler

Nicholas Bala

Michael A. Saini

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895496.003.0004

To advance the scientific knowledge base of alienation and deal more effectively with alienation cases, there must be reliable and valid methods for assessing and measuring the presence of alienation, which could include standardized measures, structured interviews, rating scales, or some other scientifically based protocol that has been tested for its psychometric properties. Currently, there is a lack of reliable or valid assessment protocols and measures for alienation. This chapter discusses some measures of alienation in current use that have some utility, but none have been proven in research studies to have reliability or validity, and little distinction is made in current measures between screening (assessing potential for alienation before it occurs) and assessing for the risk of recurrence of alienation.

Keywords:   assessment protocols, measures, structured interviews, rating scales, psychometric propertiesreliability, validity

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