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Psychol Assess. 2016 Nov;28(11):1516-1522. Epub 2016 Jan 28.

Development and validation of the Family Law DOORS.

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1
Department of Psychology.
2
College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University.
3
Relationships Australia.

Abstract

When former spouses experience distress and dispute following separation, risks to well-being and to safety are heightened for all family members. Reliable family-wide risk screening is essential. The Family Law DOORS (Detection of Overall Risk Screen) is a 3-part screening framework to assist identification, evaluation, and response to safety and well-being risks in separated families. Uniquely, the Family Law DOORS screens for victimization and perpetration risks and appraises infant and child developmental risk. The Family Law DOORS self-report screening tool is the subject of this report. Internal scale reliability and concurrent and external criterion validity for the Family Law DOORS were estimated with a community sample of 660 separated parents, including 181 mother-father pairs. Overall psychometric properties are strong and demonstrate good potential for the Family Law DOORS to support early risk detection for separating families. (PsycINFO Database Record.

PMID:
26821199
DOI:
10.1037/pas0000277
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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