AFCC Webinars

A Meta-Analysis of Child Adjustment in Different Custodial Arrangements

July 17, 2019
1:00-2:00pm Eastern Time US
Milfred "Bud" Dale, PhD, JD

A Meta-Analysis of Child Adjustment in Different Custodial Arrangements

This webinar will present the results of a comprehensive meta-analysis comparing child adjustment in different living arrangements (e.g., joint physical custody, primary physical custody and sole physical custody).  This meta-analysis replicated two previous meta-analytic studies on the subject (Baude, 2016, and Bauserman, 2002) and applied effect size coding to studies included in a more recent review (Nielsen, 2018). The study examined the methodological problems associated with this data and the presentation will address how a combination of methodological problems and inaccurate report limit the kinds of conclusions that should be drawn from the research data.  Rather than unequivocal support for joint physical custody, the empirical results are small effect sizes favoring joint physical custody that are most likely due to selection effects, signs that children of divorce and parental separation continue to, on average, do less well than children of intact families, and empirical support for the notion of that the best interests of the child should continue to be an individualized determination tailored to the individual needs of the children and their families.

Milfred "Bud" Dale, PhD, JD is an attorney and psychologist in an independent practice in Topeka, Kansas.  He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in developmental and clinical-child psychology from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctor from Washburn University.  His legal and Psychology practices focus on helping families in conflict.  His presentation topics include attachment and parenting plans, attorney expert relationships, constitutional issues in child protections cases, and paradigm shifts in child custody policy.  He has organized statewide training conference on alternative dispute resolution and case management for high conflict families.  He currently serves as a reviewing editor for the American Bar Association’s Family Law Quarterly, on the editorial board for the Journal of Child Custody and was a member of the AFCC Think Tank on Shared Parenting.

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