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Violence and Mental Disorder

Developments in Risk Assessment

In courts across the country, judges depend on mental health experts to determine whether mentally disordered people are dangerous. But experts’ ability to predict violence is severely limited, and they are wrong as often as they are right. This study reviews two decades of research on mental disorder and offers new empirical and theoretical work that will pave the way for more accurate predictions of violent behavior.

"Essential for all those who are interested in the study of risk assessment of violence. It is particularly important for the researcher in this area. . . . For the clinician who must make violence assessments it is important reading as well."—Stewart Levine, Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

334 pages | 7 line drawings, 35 tables | 6 x 9 | © 1994

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Mental Health and Development

Law and Legal Studies: General Legal Studies


Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1: Toward a Rejuvenation of Risk Assessment Research
John Monahan, Henry J. Steadman.
2: Anger as a Risk Factor for Violence among the Mentally Disordered
Raymond W. Novaco
3: Impulsiveness and Aggression
Ernest S. Barratt
4: Psychopathy as a Risk Marker for Violence: Development and Validation of a Screening Version of the Revised Psychopathy Checklist
Stephen D. Hart, Robert D. Hare, Adelle E. Forth.
5: Mental Disorder, Substance Abuse, and Community Violence: An Epidemiological Approach
Jeffrey W. Swanson
6: Psychotic Symptoms and the Violent/Illegal Behavior of Mental Patients Compared to Community Controls
Bruce G. Link, Ann Stueve.
7: Delusions and Violence
Pamela J. Taylor, Philippa Garety, Alec Buchanan, Alison Reed, Simon Wessely, Katarzyna Ray, Graham Dunn, Don Grubin.
8: Hallucinations and Violence
Dale E. McNiel
9: Personality Disorders and Violence
Thomas A. Widiger, Timothy J. Trull.
10: Demographic and Case History Variables in Risk Assessment
Deidre Klassen, William A. O’connor.
11: Social Networks, Social Support, and Violence among Persons with Severe, Persistent Mental Illness
Sue E. Estroff, Catherine Zimmer.
Designing a New Generation of Risk Assessment Research
Henry J. Steadman, John Monahan, Paul S. Appelbaum, Thomas Grisso, Edward P. Mulvey, Loren H. Roth, Pamela Clark Robbins, Deidre Klassen.

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