Family Court Review

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Edited By: Barbara Babb

Online ISSN: 1744-1617

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  1. African American Child Discipline: Differences Between Mothers and Fathers (pages 203–220)

    Carla Adkison-Johnson, Jeffrey Terpstra, Jamie Burgos and E. Dorphine Payne

    Version of Record online: 20 APR 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/fcre.12214

    Key Points for the Family Court Community:

    • African American mothers and fathers use a variety of disciplinary methods to address misbehavior in their children.
    • When social scientists are preoccupied with African Americans spanking or “whuppin” their children, it becomes easier for researchers to deny African American parents their intentional (e.g., explained behavioral expectations to child) and strategic (e.g., hierarchical in nature in that second disciplinary response to misbehavior is more severe than the first) child-rearing qualities that are associated with being a competent parent.
    • Helping professionals are reluctant to broach the discussion of child discipline with African American parents.
    • There is a significant gender effect in the intensity of disciplinary practices among African American parents in that mothers tend to use more severe disciplinary practices than fathers.
    • Disciplinary Best Practice Questions can be a way of uniformly assessing disciplinary tactics and making a decision about when discipline crosses the line to abuse. They could focus investigators, therapists, and judges away from inherent biases and on to the facts of a case.
  2. The Transitioning Families Therapeutic Reunification Model in Nonfamilial Abductions (pages 232–249)

    Abigail M. Judge, Rebecca Bailey, JoAnn Behrman-Lippert, Elizabeth Bailey, Cynthia Psaila and Jane Dickel

    Version of Record online: 20 APR 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/fcre.12215

    Key Points for the Family Court Community:

    • Families face a range of unique challenges during reunification following abduction. Historically, therapeutic reunification has emphasized the needs of the central victim with only a perfunctory focus on the family.
    • This article delineates a family-based reunification model that has assisted families affected by abduction since 2006.
    • We present the value of a family-system, solution-focused, trauma-informed, and case-specific approach to therapeutic reunification following child abduction.
  3. Legal Representation in the Juvenile Dependency System: Travis County, Texas’ Parent Representation Pilot Project (pages 277–287)

    Steve M. Wood, Alicia Summers and Crystal Soderman Duarte

    Version of Record online: 20 APR 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/fcre.12218

    Key Points for the Family Court Community:

    • Early appointment of counsel for parents is related to more permanent outcomes for children
    • Increasing parents’ presence at hearings is beneficial to case outcomes
  4. Reunification in Intrafamilial Child Abuse Cases: A Model for Intervention (pages 288–299)

    Mary W. Lindahl and Lisa A. Hunt

    Version of Record online: 20 APR 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/fcre.12219

    Key Points for the Family Court Community:

    • Cases with allegations of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse involving young children that are unsubstantiated by child protection agencies are generally closed by these agencies with no further action.
    • Some of these families may have continuing, complex problems involving divorce and custody, domestic violence allegations, and mental health issues, as well as ongoing concerns about the child's safety.
    • An intervention model designed to work with these cases can be successful in offering protection to the children.
    • The hybrid model presented includes elements of therapy, education, mediation, and forensic expertise; a highly individualized treatment plan for each family; a flexible interdisciplinary treatment team that incorporates professionals as needed; and a case manager responsible for the overall application of the model.
  5. April 2016 (pages 131–133)

    Ruth C. Stern and Robert E. Emery

    Version of Record online: 20 APR 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/fcre.12209