Post-Separation Visitation Disputes: Differential Interventions

BACKGROUND PAPER

(2001-FCY-6)

SOCIAL WORK CHARACTERISTICS

There were 20 social workers who carried out both the focussed and traditional child custody evaluation. There were 3 male social workers and 17 female social workers. The mean age of the social workers was 45 years (SD=7.72) with a mean of 6.91 years of experience (SD=4.85). Social workers who conducted a focussed evaluation worked with the family for an average of 15 hours (SD=5.42), while those who conducted a traditional evaluation worked with the family for an average of 31.74 hours (SD=7.65).

There were no significant correlations between the age of social workers, their years of experience, the type of intervention or the number of hours of the intervention and settlement. The average cost of each evaluation was $525.00 for a focussed evaluation and $1,111.25 for a traditional evaluation.

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