Rethinking Risk Assessment: The MacArthur Study of Mental Disorder and Violence / Edition 1

Rethinking Risk Assessment: The MacArthur Study of Mental Disorder and Violence / Edition 1

by John Monahan, Henry J. Steadman, Eric Silver, Paul S. Appelbaum
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195138821

ISBN-13: 9780195138825

Pub. Date: 03/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The presumed link between mental disorder and violence has been the driving force behind mental health law and policy for centuries. Legislatures, courts, and the public have come to expect that mental health professionals will protect them from violent acts by persons with mental disorders. Yet for three decades research has shown that clinicians' unaided

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The presumed link between mental disorder and violence has been the driving force behind mental health law and policy for centuries. Legislatures, courts, and the public have come to expect that mental health professionals will protect them from violent acts by persons with mental disorders. Yet for three decades research has shown that clinicians' unaided assessments of "dangerousness" are barely better than chance. Rethinking Risk Assessment: The MacArthur Study of Mental Disorder and Violence tells the story of a pioneering investigation that challenges preconceptions about the frequency and nature of violence among persons with mental disorders, and suggests an innovative approach to predicting its occurrence. The authors of this massive project — the largest ever undertaken on the topic — demonstrate how clinicians can use a "decision tree" to identify groups of patients at very low and very high risk for violence. This dramatic new finding, and its implications for the every day clinical practice of risk assessment and risk management, is thoroughly described in this remarkable and long-anticipated volume. Taken to heart, its message will change the way clinicians, judges, and others who must deal with persons who are mentally ill and may be violent will do their work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195138825
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Violence Risk Assessment: The Law and the Science
2. Violence Among Patients in the Community
3. Testing "Criminological" Risk Factors
4. Testing "Clinical" Risk Factors
5. Customizing Risk Assessment
6. Combining Customized Risk Assessment to Produce the Best Estimate of Risk
7. Violence and the Clinician: Assessing and Managing Risk
Appendix A. The MacArthur Violence Risk Assessment Study: Methods
Appendix B. Risk Factors and Associations with Violence

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