Treating ViolenceA guide to risk management in mental health

Treating ViolenceA guide to risk management in mental health

Tony Maden

Print publication date: Jan 2007

ISBN: 9780198526902

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

In this provocative and controversial account, standardised risk assessment is discussed in a critical, non-technical way, with a reminder that nobody can predict the future. There is advice for the clinician on when and how to use standardised assessment, along with a strong defence of clinical methods. Topics include: research on violence, mental health, and risk prediction; the ethics of violence risk assessment; homicide inquiries in the UK, with the results of a new study reviewing their findings; a discussion of professional attitudes towards violence risk; a description of risk assessment tools and recommendations for their use; and a strong defence of structured clinical assessment as the best way of managing risk.