II. Scientific Methodology Evaluate the case scenario, applying the scientific methodology from thecourse. Remember, you are not stating opinions; you are breaking down this case through the lens of thescientific method. Walk through the scenario applying specific scientific methodology. In other words,determine which specific scientific methodology (e.g., forensic interviewing, psychological assessments,psycho-social assessments, the administering of psychological testing, court report writing) applies tochild custody cases the scenario.III. Theoretical Framework a) How can previous research help your assigned forensic psychologist withdeveloping evidence-based approaches and providing effective services to clients within the scenario? b)Select a psychological theory that would help inform the forensic psychologist’s eventual decisions andrecommendations in this case. In other words, provide a rationale that supports the approach as itrelates to the specific scenario. c) Based on the scientific methodology(s) that you identified in Section II,what best practices or approaches would you recommend to ensure that they are effectivelyimplemented in the particular scenario? i. For instance, what recommendations would you make to theassigned forensic psychologist to ensure that the client maintains the limit of confidentiality? How wouldyou determine the client’s level of cognition with regard to the forensic psychologist’s involvement?Note: These are guiding questions. You should address other best practices as they relate to yourscenario..(SCENARIO)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, allgirls under seven years old, for the weekend. A friend suggested that she attend the picnic so that thechildren might have some friends to play with, while Halle interacted with other adults. Kim, who isAfrican American, had a four-year-old son and was never married. She was dating a man and had anunplanned 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 acommitment ceremony 18 months after meeting. Both Halle and Kim love children and decided to havemore of their own through in vitro fertilization. Kim made the decision to raise the children and gave upher 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 haveweekend custody/visitation with her three children from her previous marriage, while they spend onemonth during the summer with the new family. However, after seven years of marriage, Halle decidesshe wants a divorce and wishes to remarry her first wife. Kim is taken totally by surprise and learns thatHalle 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, whodeveloped a strong attachment to Halle and thinks of Halle as his biological mother. Halle and her firstpartner file for full custody of all the children and threaten a long, drawn-out court battle. Kimcountersues for shared custody of Halle’s three girls, since she and the girls have established a familybond. 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 thecourt, and you are hired by the forensic psychologist to assist him on this case.
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