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(p. 129) Data Collection 

(p. 129) Data Collection
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(p. 129) Data Collection
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Geri S. W. Fuhrmann

and Robert A. Zibbell

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780195329513.003.0005
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date: 15 July 2020

Chapter 5 discusses data collection. There is no single approach to data collection adequately captures the necessary data in all situations. However, the forensic mental health assessment (FMHA) model includes core methods of data collection central to almost all child custody evaluations: interviews with parents, interviews with children, parent-child observations, review of records, and collateral information gathering. Home visits and psychological testing are often used when they contribute additional relevant information to the evaluation. This chapter includes topics that should be covered in data collection interviews, along with sample questions to elicit information on various subjects.

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