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Applying decision making theory to clinical judgements in violence risk assessment

Murray, Jennifer; Thomson, Mary E


Mary E Thomson


A considerable proportion of research in the field of violence risk assessment has focused on the accuracy of clinical judgements of offender dangerousness. This has largely been determined through research which compares the accuracy of clinical predictions of offender dangerousness or future violence to mathematical predictions. What has been less researched is the influence of decision making heuristics and biases on clinical judgements of violence risk assessment. The current paper discusses decision making heuristics and biases and applies the theory to clinical judgements in a violence risk assessment context. Based on the current review, it is suggested that in order to improve the effectiveness clinical judgements in violence risk assessment, a greater level of empirical research specifically examining the effects of the heuristics and biases in this context must be conducted, with the possibility of incorporating debiasing training into clinical practice.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date May 30, 2010
Publication Date 2010
Deposit Date Nov 12, 2012
Publicly Available Date Nov 12, 2012
Print ISSN 1841-0413
Electronic ISSN 1841-0413
Publisher PsychOpen
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 2
Pages 150-171
Keywords General Psychology
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Contract Date Nov 12, 2012


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