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Assessing and Managing Violence Risk in Juveniles

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ISBN 9781593853228
Published September 14, 2006 by Guilford Press
226 Pages

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Book Description

Highly practical and accessible, this is an indispensable resource for any mental health practitioner working with youth at risk for violent behavior. Presented is a comprehensive framework for evaluating juveniles in the justice system or those whose behavior in school, therapy sessions, or other contexts raises concern about violence. Detailed case examples illustrate the authors' scientifically grounded approach to selecting appropriate instruments, analyzing and communicating assessment results, and designing effective interventions. Special problems addressed include bullying, sexual aggression, fire setting, and homicide. The book also examines the development of aggressive conduct problems and their connections to other emotional and behavioral disorders.

Table of Contents

I. Understanding Youth Violence
1. Trends and Processes in Youth Violence
2. Risk Factors for Youth Violence
3. Mental/Behavioral Disorders and Violent Behavior
II. Conducting Violence Risk Assessments with Juveniles
4. Process and Principles
5. Psychological Tests and Assessment Instruments
6. Special Considerations in Assessing Risk for Targeted Violence
7. Report Writing and Risk Communication
8. Special Topics in Youth Violence
III. Treatment and Intervention
9. Research-Based Principles for Reducing Violence Risk
10. Effective Intervention Plans

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Randy Borum, PsyD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida, where he also holds appointments in the Department of Criminology and the College of Public Health.  His over 100 professional publications include the Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth.

David Verhaagen, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and a managing partner of Southeast Psychological Services in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has served as the clinical director of three mental health agencies that treat children and adolescents, including the largest of its kind in the state. Dr. Verhaagen's four previous books include a text on treating sexually aggressive youth.


"This work establishes a sound foundation for best practices in the evaluation of potentially aggressive youths. Speaking directly to mental health examiners, Borum and Verhaagen satisfy the clinician's need for a realistic way to meet the mandates of evidence-based practice in this area. Their advice is comprehensive, clear, concise, and creative. There is value in this work for all who perform these evaluations, from beginners to seasoned professionals."--Thomas Grisso, PhD, Department of Psychiatry (Emeritus), University of Massachusetts Medical School

"Is a given juvenile likely to be violent, and if so, what should be done to prevent it? Clinicians perplexed by these questions now can find invaluable guidance in this concise but comprehensive manual. Borum and Verhaagen offer down-to-earth suggestions for assessment and clinical management, based on the latest research and leavened with much clinical wisdom. Every mental health professional working with juveniles should read--and reread--this book."--Paul S. Appelbaum, MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

"A practical and cogent guide to handling one of the most vexing issues in clinical practice today. Borum and Verhaagen provide a clear and up-to-date overview of research on juvenile violence; describe a comprehensive, evidence-based model for conducting violence risk assessments; and offer seasoned guidance for designing effective interventions to reduce violence risk. This is a book that deserves wide adoption in the classroom and that needs to be within arm’s reach of every clinician who deals with children and adolescents."--John Monahan, PhD, Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry, University of Virginia

"Assessing and Managing Violence Risk in Juveniles is an extraordinary resource for professionals responsible for conducting risk assessments and designing effective intervention plans to address the needs of youth. Grounded in research and theory, this book provides important foundational knowledge and outlines a comprehensive approach to assessing and managing violence risk in juveniles."--Shane R. Jimerson, PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara