Project #154381 - Forensic psych

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Subject Science
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/20/2016 08:00 pm

Deadline is Sunday November 20, 2016 by 8pm.  MUST BE IN APA FORMAT and cited correctly.  4-6 pages. 


 You will be writing the Methodology and Theory section for your case analysis. In this paper, you will evaluate and apply the scientific methodology and theoretical framework for the case scenario you have chosen. You will walk through the case scenario, applying methodology and determining which specific scientific methodology applies to the scenario. You will also discuss what previous investigations or existing cases could be applied to the scenario.


Along with looking at the methodology, you will look at theoretical framework. You will look at how previous research helps in developing evidence-based approaches and provides effective services to clients in this scenario. You will select a psychological theory that would help inform the eventual decisions and recommendations for your chosen scenario. Provide a rationale that supports your chosen theoretical framework. Based on your chosen scientific methods, discuss what best practices or approaches you would recommend to ensure they are effectively implemented in your scenario. 


The case: 

The case is a king  Solomon’s Solution? (Child Custody Evaluation) 

Kim and Halle met at a “Parents Without Partners” picnic. Halle, of Native American descent, was two years past a divorce and had her three children, all girls under seven years old, for the weekend. A friend suggested that she attend the picnic so that the children might have some friends to play with, while Halle interacted with other adults. 

Kim, who is African American, had a four-year-old son and was never married. She was dating a man and had an unplanned pregnancy. She did not want to marry the father and decided to raise the child on her own. The father of the boy has not been involved in his life. 

Halle and Kim hit it off at the picnic and had a commitment ceremony 18 months after meeting. Both Halle and Kim love children and decided to have more of their own through in vitro fertilization. Kim made the decision to raise the children and gave up her career as a pharmacist, while Halle, who owns a consulting business, could easily support the family. Halle and Kim have two additional children within the first five years of marriage. Halle continues to have weekend custody/visitation with her three children from her previous marriage, while they spend one month during the summer with the new family. 

However, after seven years of marriage, Halle decides she wants a divorce and wishes to remarry her first wife. Kim is taken totally by surprise and learns that Halle has been having an affair with her ex-partner throughout the past three years of their marriage. Halle wants to have full custody of the two children she had with Kim, along with Kim’s first son, who developed a strong attachment to Halle and thinks of Halle as his biological mother. Halle and her first partner file for full custody of all the children and threaten a long, drawn-out court battle. Kim countersues for shared custody of Halle’s three girls, since she and the girls have established a family bond. 

Note: The children involved in this case include Halle’s three girls from her previous marriage, Kim’s first son from her relationship, and Halle and Kim’s two children. 

The court appoints a forensic psychologist to conduct a child custody evaluation and make child custody recommendations to the court, and you are hired by the forensic psychologist to assist him on this case. 


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