Psychological tests used in child custody evaluations

Behav Sci Law. 2001;19(4):491-501. doi: 10.1002/bsl.452.


Controversy has long surrounded the use of psychological testing in child custody evaluations. The present study explored the current status of psychological testing in these evaluations using a national survey of 198 psychologists. Findings revealed that participants viewed testing as one source among many for data collection, neither under- nor over-valuing its importance. Results also indicated that participants were more discriminating in their test selection, with a greater focus on objective assessment, particularly in the use of parent inventories and rating scales. These findings tend to negate much of the past criticism and reflect closer adherence to APA guidelines.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Child
  • Child Custody / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Expert Testimony*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Psychological Tests*
  • Psychology* / methods
  • United States