violence

Sep
13

Madmen with guns: The relationship between mental health and mass shootings in the United States

Increasing firearm responsibility and safety and reducing mental health stigma to allow seeking treatment may benefit violence prevention efforts and minimize mass shootings. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this […]

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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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Nov
09

The link between risk assessment and management: Not as straightforward as it seems

When applied to risk management, risk assessment tools are not sufficient in and of themselves: They should be considered in context of their implementation and potential utility. 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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Oct
05

Living with the War Inside: How Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms and Substance Use are Related to Violent and Nonviolent Charges among Veterans

Posttraumatic stress symptoms, particularly intrusion symptoms, are associated with violent charges, while cocaine use is associated with nonviolent charges among veterans who use substances. 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 […]

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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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Apr
20

The relationship between Intermittent Explosive Disorder and offending behavior

Intermittent Explosive Disorder is significantly associated with a wide array of violent offending. That is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | International Journal of Forensic […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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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Feb
13

Rapid Growth of PCL-R Use in U.S. Courts Accounted for by Prosecution of Sexually Violent Predators and Parole Hearings

The rapid growth of the PCL-R in courts is largely accounted for by prosecution cases against sexually violent predators or in parole hearings. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this […]

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