DeClue, G. (2002). The best interests of the village children. The Journal of Psychiatry & Law, 30, 355-390.

This article tracks a practicing, forensic psychologist's efforts to develop a scientifically based framework for doing child custody evaluations. To apply knowledge from the field ofdevelopmental psychology to questions considered by the courts, a search was made for an empirically validated list of effective parenting behaviors. Contrary, to expectations, no such list was found. A new developmental theory, group socialization theory, suggests that this is because parents are much less influential than has been assumed. Implications for child custody evaluators are explored. Other psychologists, particularly child development researchers, are encouraged to comment.

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