The MacArthur Violence Risk Assessment Study -- a multidisciplinary effort to identify valid risk factors for violence by people discharged from short-term psychiatric facilities -- examined risk factors for violence to others, including anger, violent fantasies, gender and psychotic symptoms, violence to self, violent victimization, violence to strangers, and firearm violence. This presentation reviews the methods and principal conclusions of the MacArthur Study, describes recent findings, and discusses enduring controversies in violence risk assessment, including the communication of risk estimates to decision makers, the scientific legitimacy of making inferences about an individual person from data derived from groups of people, and the moral legitimacy of basing criminal punishment for past violence on an offender’s likelihood of being violent in the future.
**This content was captured at the 2016 APA Annual Meeting and may reference information from various sources and terminology from previous editions of the DSM.
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- Identify and describe risk factors for violent behavior
- Explain how statistical models can be applied to study risk factors
- Examine key findings from the MacArthur Violence Risk Assessment Study to better inform clinical practice
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Estimated Duration: 1 hour
Begin Date: December 1, 2017
End Date: February 1, 2020
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- John Monahan, Ph.D., University of Virginia School of Law. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Samra Sahlu, M.D., University of Saskatchewan. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Ricardo A. Juarez, M.S., Deputy Director, Development and Engagement, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Claire Van Wagner, Membership Development Coordinator, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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