Clinical judgement in violence risk assessment

Jennifer Murray, Mary E. Thomson

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The present article discusses the three main approaches to violence risk assessment, clinical judgement, actuarial assessment, and structured clinical judgement, informing the reader of the comparative benefits and short-comings of these methods of violence risk assessment. In particular, the present article highlights the controversy within the literature surrounding clinical judgement in comparison to actuarial assessments of violence risk, and proposes that the statistically significant ‘improvements’ of violence prediction when using actuarial scales in comparison to clinical predictions of dangerousness do not necessarily measure the skill of the clinician adequately.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-149
Number of pages22
JournalEurope's Journal of Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2010


  • structured clinical judgement
  • clinical judgement
  • actuarial assessment
  • violence risk assessment


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