Clinical Assessment of Dangerousness: Empirical Contributions

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Georges-Franck Pinard, Linda Pagani
Cambridge University Press, Nov 13, 2000 - Psychology
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When people are victimised by violent crime, the general public assumes that the victim could have been spared if the perpetrator had been identified as potentially dangerous by mental health agents. Yet prediction of dangerousness is an inexact science and depends upon many complex factors. This book provides a thorough and clear description of research findings in order to help clinicians make sound decisions concerning their clients' dangerousness. The book covers a broad spectrum of violent behaviour as well as crucial issues such as biological factors, domestic violence, and the influence of alcohol in violent behaviour. The book is divided into the following sections: Basic Issues in Violence Research, Mental Health Issues and Dangerousness, Family Issues and Dangerousness, Individual Characteristics and Dangerousness. It will serve as an important reference book that not only covers scientific literature but provides views on future directions for research and practice in this valuable field.
 

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Contents

An Overview of the Literature
1
2 Biology Development and Dangerousness
23
3 The Development of Physical Aggression During Childhood and the Prediction of Later Dangerousness
47
4 Predicting Adult Official and SelfReported Violence
66
Epidemiology and Risk Assessment
89
6 Axis II Disorders and Dangerousness
103
7 Recidivistic Violent Behavior and Axis I and Axis II Disorders
121
8 Risk Assessment for Intimate Partner Homicide
136
9 Parents at Risk of Filicide
158
10 Parricide
181
11 Alcohol and Dangerousness
195
12 Violence and Substance Abuse
216
13 Threats Stalking and Criminal Harassment
238
14 Discussion and Clinical Commentary on Issues in the Assessment and Prediction of Dangerousness
258
Index
279
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