Violence

Jun
21

A Case of Misdiagnosis? Gang Members’ Mental and Emotional Health Needs

A meta-analysis of available literature on gang members’ mental health and emotions reveals that gang members may be at increased risk of suffering from mental illnesses and negative emotions. However, there remains a limited understanding of how gang members’ self-conscious emotions may relate to persistent offending and violence. Gang members may benefit from more clinically […]

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Aug
17

Understanding the Developmental Course and Severity of Criminality Among Individuals with SMI

This study, published in Law and Human Behavior, examines differences in criminal, health, demographic, and social functioning characteristics among several groups of forensic mental health clients. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | Law and Human Behavior | 2018, Vol. […]

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Jun
01

Keep out of trouble: Validation of a risk assessment measure in a correctional sample

Despite high interrater reliability and relative ease of administration, caution is advised when utilizing VRAG–R measure in predicting and managing recidivism risk. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into […]

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Sep
01

New Fordham Risk Screening Tool May Be Able to Accurately Identify Patients In Need Of A Full Violence Risk Assessment

The Fordham Risk Screening Tool may be able to identify patients in need of further violence risk assessment and screen out patients who would receive low risk ratings. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as […]

By Amber Watkins | Violence
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Jun
16

Mixed Findings on the SAVRY’s and YLS/CMI’s Sensitivity to Short-term Changes in Risk

Although internal and external sensitivity to change on the SAVRY and YLS/CMI are partially supported, both measures were not more dynamic in assessing risk than the PCLR:YV. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a […]

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Jul
01

Gender Differences on the PCL-R Indicate that Lower Cut-off Scores and Broader Definitions of Violence may Increase Predictive Validity for Females with Psychopathy

Compared to men, females with psychopathy obtain lower PCL-R scores, are more likely to offend out of relational frustration, and are more manipulative and self-destructive. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as […]

By Amber Watkins | Psychopathy . Violence
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Apr
15

Non-Illness Based Motivations for Violence Require Consideration among Persons with Major Mental Illness

While illness-based motivational influences appear to be the primary influence for violence in persons with MMI, non-illness based motivations require consideration in legal and clinical decision-making. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation […]

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Mar
11

Juvenile Offenders with Subclinical Depression Display Similar Delinquent Behaviors as those Diagnosed with Major Depression

Structured clinical interviews show an increased level of aggression, substance use, and suicidal behavior among juvenile offenders with subclinical depression. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured […]

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Mar
04

Sexually Violent Person Statutes Differ Considerably Throughout the United States

SVP statutes differ on definitional and procedural grounds, contributing to misapplication and misinterpretation by clinicians, policymakers, and courts. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured […]

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Feb
19

Childhood Trauma and Risk Factors for Institutional Violence

This large study of a cohort of all admissions to a national prison service showed that childhood trauma is very common among inmates and often co-occurs with other risk factors such as substance abuse, youth crime, and distress. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is […]

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Jan
08

Gender Differences Apparent in the Use and Interpretation of the SAVRY for Juvenile Offenders

Gender plays a role in the association between the risk/need and protective factors on the SAVRY and risk of violence. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice.   […]

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Jul
24

Non-Violent, Repeat Offenders Impact the Accuracy of Risk Assessments

Specification of outcome can significantly improve the predictive accuracy of both actuarial and clinical assessments for violence amongst discharged prisoners but with limits. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of […]

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