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J Clin Psychol. 2000 Oct;56(10):1239-62.

Assessing and managing violence risk in outpatient settings.

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  • Department of Mental Health Law & Policy, Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida, Tampa 33612, USA. otto@fmhi.usf.edu


Psychologists and other mental health professionals practicing in essentially all clinical settings are called on to assess and manage clients who may pose a risk of violence to third parties. Over the past 25 years much has been learned about the relationship between violence and mental disorder, and about assessing violence risk. In this article risk factors for violence among persons with mental disorder are reviewed, clinical assessment strategies are discussed, and a model for thinking about treatment and other types of interventions designed to minimize violence risk is offered.

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