Post-Separation Visitation Disputes: Differential Interventions

BACKGROUND PAPER

(2001-FCY-6)

RESEARCH QUESTIONS

The overall questions in this study addressed the association between types of child custody evaluations (focussed and traditional) and parental satisfaction, level of communication, children's level of adjustment, and settlement. Settlement was operationalized by whether or not parents settled their dispute before the court (Ash and Guyer, 1984; Austin and Jaffe, 1990; Radovanovic et al., 1994; Simons, Grossman and Weiner, 1990). Satisfaction was operationalized by a five-point Likert scale (rated from very unsatisfied to very satisfied) concerning the satisfaction with the social worker's attitude towards the dispute, concerns listened to, thoroughness of the intervention, length of time the intervention took, and the report's recommendations (Austin and Jaffe, 1990; Radovanovic et al., 1994).

The null and the research hypotheses in this study were the same. All hypotheses generated were evaluated using two-tailed t-tests. The four research hypotheses examined were:

  1. H0 = There will be no differences found between the focussed and traditional child custody evaluations with respect to settlement.

    H1 = There will be differences found between the focussed and traditional child custody evaluations with respect to settlement.

  2. H0 = There will be no differences found between the focussed and traditional child custody evaluations with respect to parents' satisfaction mean scores.

    H1 = There will be differences found between the focussed and traditional child custody evaluations with respect to parents' satisfaction mean scores.

  3. H0 = There will be no differences found between the focussed and traditional child custody evaluations with respect to the level of communication.

    H1 = There will be differences found between the focussed and traditional child custody evaluations with respect to the level of communication.

  4. H0 = There will be no differences found between the focussed and traditional child custody evaluations with respect to children's adjustment post separation mean scores.

    H1 = There will be differences found between the focussed and traditional child custody evaluations with respect to children's adjustment post separation mean scores.

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