Violence risk assessment in persons with mental illness

Charles L Scott, Phillip J. Resnick

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Mental health clinicians are often asked to determine an individual's risk of future violence. Dangerous assessments are required in a wide variety of situations that include involuntary commitments, emergency psychiatric evaluations, seclusion and restraint release decisions, inpatient care discharges, probation/parole decisions, death penalty evaluations, domestic violence interventions, fitness for duty evaluations, and after a threat is made. This article provides an overview regarding the assessment of dangerousness in both adults and juveniles and a summary of recent research regarding the relationship of mental illness to violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)598-611
Number of pages14
JournalAggression and Violent Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2006


  • Aggressive behavior
  • Dangerousness
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Mental illness
  • Prediction
  • Psychopathy
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Law


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