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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book presents research on the prediction of interpersonal violence, specifically the danger presented by batterers and child abusers. The first edition was published about 20 years ago.
Purpose: According to the editor, the book offers "a summary of the research in this area, as well as the instruments that may be helpful and the criteria by which to judge them. To this, you will add your own clinical expertise."
Audience: The book is intended for "all clinicians required to make predictions about violent behavior." The editor has published extensively in the area of intimate partner violence and the contributors have impressive credentials and they represent the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand.
Features: Two introductory chapters cover prediction models, predictive factors, and statistical prediction strategies. The book then covers three types of interpersonal violence: child abuse, battered women, and femicide-suicide. It also discusses various predictive instruments as well. A short table of contents at the beginning of each chapter makes it easy for readers to go directly to the desired topic. The last chapter describes an interesting study of partner femicide-suicide risk across 11 cities in the United States. The book is readable and uses helpful tables and figures while presenting the salient issues in the field of assessing partner violence. However, the chapters are somewhat short and lack clinical vignettes to elucidate the material.
Assessment: This book will be invaluable for clinicians who are new to the field of assessing dangerousness. It does a good job of describing some of the most common types of interpersonal violence situations and risk assessment instruments, as well as presenting research findings. Because of the many new research findings since the first edition was published 20 years ago, this second edition is necessary.