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CHILD CUSTODY DECISIONS: CONTENT ANALYSIS OF A JUDICIAL SURVEY

WithShirley A. Settle, Carol R. Lowery

ABSTRACT. This study presents the findings of a content analysis of responses to open-ended questions from a survey of judges and trial commissioners regarding child custody decisions in divorce. Lowery (1980) reported the hierarchical ranking of factors considered important in making custody decisions . The content analysis presented here describes the respondents’ comments on the open-ended items in the questionnaire . In most cases, these comments served to clarify their reasons for attaching greater or lesser importance to a particular consideration or to clarify the method used in assessing a particular consideration during a court proceeding.