Assessment and Measurement Tools for Alienation

Barbara Jo Fidler, Nicholas Bala and Michael A. Saini

in Children Who Resist PostSeparation Parental Contact

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199895496
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199980086 | DOI:

Series: American Psychology-Law Society

Assessment and Measurement Tools for Alienation

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To advance the scientific knowledge base of alienation and deal more effectively with alienation cases, there must be reliable and valid methods for assessing and measuring the presence of alienation, which could include standardized measures, structured interviews, rating scales, or some other scientifically based protocol that has been tested for its psychometric properties. Currently, there is a lack of reliable or valid assessment protocols and measures for alienation. This chapter discusses some measures of alienation in current use that have some utility, but none have been proven in research studies to have reliability or validity, and little distinction is made in current measures between screening (assessing potential for alienation before it occurs) and assessing for the risk of recurrence of alienation.

Keywords: assessment protocols; measures; structured interviews; rating scales; psychometric propertiesreliability; validity

Chapter.  7885 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal and Forensic Psychology

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