Part I. Introduction. Reder, Lucey, Significant Issues in the Assessment of Parenting. Part II. Components of Parenting Assessments. Stratton, Hanks, Assessing Family Functioning in Parenting Breakdown. Reder, Duncan, The Meaning of the Child. Fitzpatrick, Reder, Lucey, The Child's Perspective. Glaser, Emotionally Abusive Experiences. Smith, Assessing Protectiveness in Cases of Child Sexual Abuse. Fitzpatrick, Assessing Treatability. Browne, Predicting Maltreatment. Jenner, McCarthy, Quantitative Measures of Parenting: A Clinical-developmental Perspective. Maitra, Giving Due Consideration to the Family's Racial and Cultural Background. Part III. Specific Circumstances. Cassell, Coleman, Parents with Psychiatric Problems. Coleman, Cassell, Parents Who Misuse Drugs and Alcohol. Gath, Parents with Learning Disability. King, Parents Who Are Gay or Lesbian. Black, Parents Who Have Killed Their Partner. Lindsey, Alternative Caretakers. Baker, What Constitutes Reasonable Contact? Part IV. Conclusions. Lucey, Reder, Balanced Opinions.
'Well written and pleasurable to read... The book will be valuable to psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and lawyers. The editors have gathered excellent contributions from eminent psychiatrists and psychologists. Those involved in parenting assessment and in the legal aspects of child care, particularly child psychiatrists, will find this book a must.' - British Journal of Psychiatry