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PARENT-CHILD ATTACHMENT TOOL: CHILD CUSTODY EVALUATIONS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
54589
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1R43MH059456-01A2
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Psychological Health Associates, Inc.
4490 Mountaingate Dr. Reno, NV 89509
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: PARENT-CHILD ATTACHMENT TOOL: CHILD CUSTODY EVALUATIONS
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $110,000.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION: The present research is a feasibility study concerning the development of an assessment tool to measure parent-child attachment in child custody evaluations. This research aims to provide the mental health and legal fields with a feasible, economical, efficient, and empirically sound assessment tool. The concept of the "psychological parent" or parent-child attachment has become prominent in many states' laws leading mental health professional to measure the bond between each parent and child. This assessment tool will be developed using an empirical method of test construction. The goals of this project include 1) developing test items related to attachment as well as the inclusion of social desirability and validity scales, 2) evaluating content validity, 3) evaluating internal consistency reliability, and 4) evaluating convergent and discriminate validity. During test construction, the items included will include the domain of attachment, social desirability items, distracter items, and validity items. Content validity will be established through expert consultation. Internal consistency reliability will be calculated. Convergent validity will be ascertained through comparison of the tool with other assessment devices measuring the same construct. Discriminate validity will be assessed through the relation of test score to scores on a school achievement scale and social desirability scale. Phase II studies will investigate the concurrent and predictive validity of the tool, as well as increase its ethnic diversity (e.g. development of a Spanish version and cross-validation). Further Phase II studies will develop instruments to measure other key constructs (i.e. parenting skills and emotional stability of the parent, etc.) relevant to making child placement decisions. Reviewer comments and resultant changes are discussed. PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION: NOT AVAILABLE

Principal Investigator:

April R. Bradley

Business Contact:


7757477300
FISHER@UNR.EDU
Small Business Information at Submission:

PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH ASSOCIATES
4490 MOUNTAIN DR RENO, NV 89509

EIN/Tax ID: 880364136
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No