Cues they use: Clinicians' endorsement of risk cues in predictions of dangerousness

Michael S. Odeh, Robert A. Zeiss, Matthew T. Huss

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Clinical predictions of violence are a necessary part of clinical practice despite extensive literature validating the use of actuarial rather than clinical prediction. The current study examined clinicians' use of risk cues in predictions of violence. Clinicians identified several risk cues as significant in clinical assessments of risk, including a history of assaults, hostility, medication noncompliance, paranoid delusions, presence of psychosis, and family problems. However, further results indicated that clinician-endorsed risk cues lack predictive power in the present sample.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-156
Number of pages10
JournalBehavioral Sciences and the Law
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2006


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Law
  • Psychology(all)
  • Applied Psychology

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