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Differentiating substantiated and unsubstantiated allegations of family violence in high conflict families


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Chu, J (2013) Differentiating substantiated and unsubstantiated allegations of family violence in high conflict families. Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Family violence is a significant social and psychological issue. Allegations of family
violence are common in child custody evaluations. There is evidence to suggest that
approximately 50 percent of family violence allegations are unsubstantiated.
Therefore, it is important for psychologists conducting child custody evaluations to
be able to differentiate between true and false allegations of family violence. The
aim of this study was to examine high conflict family law cases to determine what
factors would differentiate substantiated from unsubstantiated family violence
allegations in child custody disputes. The results showed a number of distinguishing
factors between the three groups: no family violence, unsubstantiated family
violence and substantiated family violence. The distinguishing factors related to
employment history, community integration, parental relationship, parenting, home
environment, and timing of application. Limitations and future directions are

Item Type: Thesis (Coursework Master)
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Copyright 2013 the Author

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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MPsych(Clin))--University of Tasmania, 2013. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 00:59
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2016 21:25
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