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The Family Law Detection of Overall Risk Screen (FL-DOORS): Utility as a repeated measure for assessing change in family violence risk over time

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posted on 2023-03-19, 23:44 authored by AT Booth, BJ Wright, H Pearce, C Ralfs, Jennifer Mcintosh
Conflicted parental separation is associated with risks to safety and wellbeing for all family members. The Family Law DOORS (FL-DOORS; Detection of Overall Risk Screen) is a standardized screening framework to assist identification, evaluation, and response to family safety risks. The FL-DOORS has previously been validated in two large Australian samples (N = 6089) and found fit-for-purpose as an indicator of family violence and wellbeing risks in separated families. Now, using pilot data from a community mediation context, we examine its utility as a repeated measure for detecting change in safety and wellbeing over time. A pilot cohort of 67 parents engaged in a mediation service for parenting and/or property disputes completed the FL-DOORS at intake (T1) and approximately 8 weeks later (T2). We assessed T1-T2 change scores and correlations in change between variables and used MANOVA to determine if clusters of related scales discriminated change across time. Findings support the psychometric capacity of the FL-DOORS for use as a repeated measure in risk monitoring. We also note possible effects of this early screening process for reducing risk prior to engagement in mediation input. We discuss implementation utility for family law services to monitor change in risk type and magnitude over time.

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Journal

Family Court Review

Pagination

1-13

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1531-2445

eISSN

1744-1617

Language

en

Publisher

Wiley

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