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Clinical judgement in violence risk assessment.

Murray, Jennifer and Thomson, Mary E (2010) Clinical judgement in violence risk assessment. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 6 (1). pp. 128-149.

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    Abstract/Description

    The present article discusses the three main approaches to violence risk assessment, clinical judgement, actuarial assessment, and structured clinical judgement, informing the reader of the comparative benefits and short-comings of these methods of violence risk assessment. In particular, the present article highlights the controversy within the literature surrounding clinical judgement in comparison to actuarial assessments of violence risk, and proposes that the statistically significant ‘improvements’ of violence prediction when using actuarial scales in comparison to clinical predictions of dangerousness do not necessarily measure the skill of the clinician adequately. Specifically, an assessment of ‘dangerousness’ does not equal a prediction of violent recidivism. It is argued that clinicians are not predictive forecasters of risk, as in actuarial scales, but are, rather, trained to manage risk. In addition, suggestions for future research directions in the field of improving violence risk assessments are made.

    Item Type: Article
    Electronic ISSN: 1841-0413
    Uncontrolled Keywords: clinical judgement; actuarial assessment; structured clinical judgement; violence; 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: 5739
    Depositing User: Dr Jennifer Murray
    Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2012 19:38
    Last Modified: 12 Nov 2012 19:51
    URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/5739

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