Assessing and Managing Violence Risk in Juveniles by Randy Borum PsyD, David Verhaagen Phd

By Randy Borum PsyD, David Verhaagen Phd

Hugely sensible and available, this is often an vital source for any psychological general practitioner operating with youth in danger for violent habit. offered is a accomplished framework for comparing juveniles within the justice procedure or these whose habit in class, remedy classes, or different contexts increases trouble approximately violence. distinct case examples illustrate the authors' scientifically grounded method of opting for applicable tools, reading and speaking overview effects, and designing potent interventions. detailed difficulties addressed comprise bullying, sexual aggression, firesetting, and murder. The publication additionally examines the improvement of competitive behavior difficulties and their connections to different emotional and behavioral problems.

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And concluding that] there seems to be no need for radically different explanations of offending in girls and boys (Junger-Tas, Ribeaud, & Cruyff, 2004, p. 367). A couple of possible exceptions may be emerging from this new body of research. , 2001; Moretti, Catchpole, & Odgers, 2005; Odgers & Moretti, 2002; Wall & Barth, 2005). In samples of incarcerated or clinic-referred youth, both boys and girls consistently report high levels of physical abuse and neglect, although cumulative rates of abusive experiences among girls are typically the highest.

Academic failure beginning in the elementary grades, as measured by low achievement, low attainment, and/or poor grades, has been associated with increased risk for later violence and delinquency (Denno, 1990; Farrington, 1989; Maguin & Loeber, 1996). This association may be as strong or stronger for females as it is for males. Low achievement and low academic track assignment by age 11 doubled the risk of later violence (Farrington, 1989). , hyperactivity, poverty, criminal parents, living in a high-crime neighborhood).

In David Farrington’s (1990) study of 411 boys in London, 45% of those with hyperactivity and conduct problems had juvenile convictions. The relationship holds even in controlled, prospective studies (cf. , 1984). Manuzza et al. (1989) studied 103 hyperactive males and 100 nonhyperactive controls between 16 and 23 years of age. Hyperactive males were significantly more likely than controls to be arrested for any offense (39% vs. 20%) or for a felony (25% vs. 7%). A very similar pattern was found in a controlled study, where hyperactive kids had significantly higher rates of arrest (46% hyperactive vs.

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