An application of attribution theory to clinical judgment.

Murray, Jennifer and Thomson, Mary E (2009) An application of attribution theory to clinical judgment. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 5 (3). pp. 96-104.

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    The current article presents an application of attribution theory to clinical judgment, with a focus on the theory’s application to clinical judgments of violence risk assessment.
    While attribution theory has been applied to many diverse fields of human behavior, a comparatively limited level of research and discussion has been raised regarding its
    application to the very relevant and practical study of clinical decision making (Elbogen, 2002). The current article argues that is not only important for practicing clinicians to understand the way in which their client attributes causality to their behaviour in order to improve upon the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions, but also emphasizes the importance of recognizing and understanding the way in which the clinician attributes causality to the clients behaviour, and how this may affect the development of suitable therapeutic interventions and risk management plans. Through better understanding the effects of attribution on clinical judgments of violence risk assessment, it is argued that improvements to the effectiveness of clinical judgments in violence risk assessment may be possible.

    Item Type: Article
    Electronic ISSN: 1841-0413
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Attribution; Clinical Judgment; Violence Risk Assessment;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Life, Sport and Social Sciences
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology > 150 Psychology
    Library of Congress Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    Item ID: 5736
    Depositing User: Dr Jennifer Murray
    Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2012 19:47
    Last Modified: 12 Nov 2012 19:47

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