Understanding dynamic risk factors for violence

Klepfisz, Gabrielle, Daffern, Michael and Day, Andrew 2016, Understanding dynamic risk factors for violence, Psychology, crime and law, vol. 22, no. 1-2, Special Issue: dynamic risk factors: what role should they play in the explanation, assessment and rehabilitation of offenders?, pp. 124-137, doi: 10.1080/1068316X.2015.1109091.

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Title Understanding dynamic risk factors for violence
Author(s) Klepfisz, Gabrielle
Daffern, Michael
Day, Andrew
Journal name Psychology, crime and law
Volume number 22
Issue number 1-2
Season Special Issue: dynamic risk factors: what role should they play in the explanation, assessment and rehabilitation of offenders?
Start page 124
End page 137
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1068-316X
1477-2744
Summary Recent years have seen a consensus emerge regarding the dynamic risk factors that are associated with future violence. These risk factors are now routinely assessed in structured violence risk assessment instruments. They provide a focus for treatment in structured group programmes. However, relatively little attention has been paid to risk-related theoretical issues, whether these dynamic risk factors are causally related or simply correlates of violent offending, or the extent to which they change as a consequence of treatment. More challenging is the lack of evidence to suggest that changes in these dynamic risk factors actually result in reductions in violent offending. In this paper we consider the meaning of the term dynamic risk, arguing that only those factors that, when changed, reduce the likelihood of violent recidivism, can be considered to be truly dynamic. We conclude that few of the violence risk factors commonly regarded as dynamic fulfil this requirement. There is a need to think more critically about assessment findings and treatment recommendations relating to dynamic risk, and conduct research that establishes, rather than assumes, that certain dynamic risk factors are directly related to violence. Some suggestions for advancing knowledge and practice are provided.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/1068316X.2015.1109091
Field of Research 1701 Psychology
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Taylor and Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080057

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Collection: School of Psychology
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