Applying decision making theory to judgements of violence risk assessment

Murray, Jennifer and Thomson, Mary E (2010) Applying decision making theory to judgements of violence risk assessment. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 6 (2). pp. 150-171.

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A considerable proportion of research in the field of violence risk assessment has focused on the accuracy of clinical judgements of offender dangerousness. This has largely
been determined through research which compares the accuracy of clinical predictions of offender dangerousness or future violence to mathematical predictions. What has
been less researched is the influence of decision making heuristics and biases on clinical judgements of violence risk assessment. The current paper discusses decision making
heuristics and biases and applies the theory to clinical judgements in a violence risk assessment context. Based on the current review, it is suggested that in order to improve
the effectiveness clinical judgements in violence risk assessment, a greater level of empirical research specifically examining the effects of the heuristics and biases in this context must be conducted, with the possibility of incorporating debiasing training into clinical practice.

Item Type: Article
Electronic ISSN: 1841-0413
Uncontrolled Keywords: clinical judgement; heuristics; biases; decision making; 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: 5738
Depositing User: Dr Jennifer Murray
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2012 19:44
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2012 19:52

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