skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 151673 Find in a Library
Title: Violence Prediction Scheme: Assessing Dangerousness in High Risk Men
Author(s): C D Webster; G T Harris; M E Rice; C Cormier; V L Quinsey
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 99
Sponsoring Agency: University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Publication Number: ISBN 0-919584-74-8
Sale Source: University of Toronto
Centre of Criminology
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This violence prediction scheme (VPS) takes what is generally known about predicting violent behavior, including data on male offenders and mentally disordered males with past violent conduct, and presents it in a form for use by clinicians, administrators, and researchers.
Abstract: The VPS is based on the violence prediction literature, legal and political issues in risk assessment of violent men, procedures for assessing dangerousness, and statistics on a sample of 332 men admitted to a mental hospital for treatment and 286 additional men assessed and documented like the others but not followed beyond the evaluation period. The VPS is based on such predictive factors as identifying and background information, circumstances leading to evaluation, current offense information, family and childhood history, education, occupational history, medical and psychiatric history, substance use, criminal history, and adult functioning and sex history. Risk assessment is viewed as an expanding responsibility for mental health professionals, and the need to integrate clinical and actuarial judgments when assessing dangerousness in high-risk men is stressed. Appendixes contain a sample psychosocial assessment, a sample actuarial risk appraisal, and static predictors of violent recidivism in mentally disordered offenders. References, notes, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime prediction; Criminality prediction; Dangerousness; Male offenders; Mental disorders; Mentally ill offenders; Psychological evaluation; Violent offenders
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.