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Am Psychol. 1996 Sep;51(9):945-56.

Improving the clinical practice of violence risk assessment. Technology, guidelines, and training.

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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill-Duke University Medical Center Program in Mental Health Services Research 27710, USA.


Despite a long history of interest in, and criticism of, the ability of mental health professionals to assess and predict violence, there have been few efforts to develop or evaluate interventions to improve decision making in this area. This article provides a brief overview of recent research developments on violence risk. Drawing on these advances, 3 recommendation are outlined for improving the clinical practice of risk assessment: (a) to improve assessment technology, (b) to develop clinical practice guidelines, and (c) to develop training programs and curricula.

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