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dc.contributor.advisor Mokhuane, E.M.Q. Swanepool, Henk Johan 2020-06-29T20:18:21Z 2020-06-29T20:18:21Z 2013
dc.description Thesis (PhD. (Clinical & Applied Psychology)) --University of Limpopo, 2013 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study aims at developing an optimal psychological assessment procedure for determining primary residence allocation for children whose parents are divorcing. The research consisted of two studies: the first study focused on “translating” 13 identified legal constructs formulated by Justice King for safeguarding the best interests of children and the identification of suitable psychometric instruments that can be used to determine how effectively a particular family is functioning. These 13 legal constructs were converted into psychological constructs by three independent clinical psychologists. Following this a psychological assessment procedure for children and parents within a divorce context was developed incorporating the newly developed psychological constructs. The 2nd phase consisted of a sample of 39 families (26 families in the experimental group and 13 families in the control group). Six months later after primary placement the families were followed up in order to determine the psychological “health” of the families concerned using the Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale (RSE); Index of Family Relations (IFR); Eyberg Child Behaviour Inventory (ECBI) and the Family Assessment Device (FAD). The means obtained from both the experimental and control groups were compared using the MANOVA analysis. The results from the RSE concluded that the self-esteem of children in the experimental group, improved significantly to those in the control group. The IFR indicated that families in the experimental group had improved significantly at resolving family problems. According to the ECBI the children in the experimental group with behavioural problems improved significantly after primary placement. In all children in the control group did not improve significantly. The Family Assessment Device therefore indicated significant family cohesion. In summary the results indicate that the families in the experimental group were functioning at a higher level in comparison to the control group six months after primary placement. en_US
dc.format.extent 456 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Limpopo en_US
dc.relation.requires pdf en_US
dc.subject Child en_US
dc.subject Parent en_US
dc.subject Parental responsibilities and rights en_US
dc.subject Forensic psychology en_US
dc.subject Contact en_US
dc.subject Care en_US
dc.subject Psychological assessment en_US
dc.subject Primary placement en_US
dc.subject Divorce en_US
dc.subject Best interests of a child en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Children of divorced parents--Psychology en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Divorce--Psychological aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Child psychotherapy--Residential treatment en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Children--Institutional care en_US
dc.subject.mesh Clinical psychology en_US
dc.title Developing an optimal psychological assessment procedure for determining primary care and residential placement of children in a divorce dispute en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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