Forensic Investigation Protocol on Marital Nullity for Psychologists in the Philippines

Abstract

The literature on the legal aspect of marital nullity in the Philippines has significantly increased since The Family Code has given birth to the idea of psychological incapacity. And while there appears to be voluminous cases of annulment that have been filed, there remains to be a dearth of literature in the parameters of responsible psychological practices in the forensic setting as seen from the lens of forensic psychology. The present study will conduct a thematic content analysis of several court transcripts on the accounts that have been made by forensic psychologists, as expert witness. Said thematic analysis will then be validated by the expert opinion of two forensic psychologists and the legal opinion of a family court prosecutor and a judge, and the so-called Daubert and Frye standards. Using the American Psychiatric Association's categorical model of personality disorder assessment, the psychometric properties of reliability and construct validity, and the model of professional competencies for forensic psychologists, as the theoretical underpinnings, the researcher-forensic psychologist will then present a forensic investigation protocol on marital nullity for psychologists.



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Antero Rosauro V. Arias, Jr., University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

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Conference: ACP2016
Stream: Mental Health

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