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date: 31 October 2020

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Emergency workers and behavioral health professionals who work in crisis or emergency settings should understand the fundamentals of assessing and managing violence risk in children and adolescents, but violence potential must be considered in its developmental context. This chapter presents an approach for assessing violence risk among youth in the context of behavioral emergencies. It begins with a brief discussion of the developmental context for risk assessment and how to think about violent outcomes among children and adolescents. Then, it covers the information an evaluator would need to collect, how to collect it, and how to reach a sound decision about a youth’s risk level. It encourages evaluators in emergency or crisis settings to rely on evidence-based risk factors, while also applying individualized formulations to give texture to the assessments and to the subsequent forecasts about the nature and degree of risk for violence.

Keywords: youth violence, adolescents, juveniles, risk assessment, risk management

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