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(p. 531) Threat/Risk Assessment 

(p. 531) Threat/Risk Assessment
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(p. 531) Threat/Risk Assessment
Author(s):

Kirk Heilbrun

, David DeMatteo

, Stephanie Brooks Holliday

, and Casey LaDuke

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199941551.003.0025
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date: 22 January 2021

Chapter 25 discusses threat or risk assessment (sometimes referred to as violence risk assessment). The role of risk assessment in a given evaluation ranges from paramount (e.g., assessing the credibility of direct or implied threats) to nonexistent (e.g., Atkins evaluations, assessments of Miranda understanding). Additionally, risk assessment is prospective; where most FMHA focuses on past thoughts and behaviors or current functioning, risk assessment involves appraising the propensity for future behavior. Due to the increasing prominence of risk assessment in FMHA, it will be addressed through four case reports in this chapter.

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