Risk and Danger:
We focus here on the constructs of risk and
dangerousness; two clinical construct which are related but not equal.
Risk certainly informs danger, but they are distinct clinical
constructs. There is an entire subfield within forensic psychology of
specialization in risk and dangerousness assessment in both civil and
For assessment of risk, there are a number
of psychometric assessments that are often used; with the HCR-20
(Historical Clinical Risk Management-20) being one of the more popular
assessments. For assessment of danger, the gold standard psychometric
assessment is typically the PCL-R (the Psychopathy Checklist). However,
both risk and danger can be assessed in a variety of ways, including
use of clinical judgement (clinical prediction models) as well as use of
psychometric assessments (an actuarial prediction model) other than
those named above.
answer the assignment questions below. Be certain to make use of
in-text citations in your assignment to demonstrate your familiarity
with the assigned material. Your response to the assignment questions
should be no less than 400 words total.
In your own words, (your own words, not direct quotes or
copy-and-paste) define risk as the term relates to forensic questions.
In other words, define the term risk as we use it in regard to
psycho-legal questions. What is risk?
In your own words (your own words, not direct quotes), define danger as
the term relates to forensic questions. In other words, define the
term danger as we use it in regard to psycho-legal questions. What is
When assessing for risk or danger, clinicians may rely on a Clinical
Prediction Model or an Actuarial Prediction Model; or a combined model.
A. What is a Clinical Prediction Model? What does a Clinical
Prediction Model rely on to assess risk or danger? Give an example of
what an assessment based on a clinical model would look like? B. What
is an Actuarial Prediction Model? What does an Actuarial Prediction
Model rely on to assess risk or danger? Give an example of what an
assessment based on an actuarial model would look like?
4. What are the strengths and weaknesses of a clinical model? What are the strengths and weaknesses of an actuarial model?
Generally, when we discuss False Positives (type I error) and False
Negatives (type II error) in psychology, we discuss them in statistical
terms related to experiments. However, we can also speak about False
Positives and False Negatives in terms of risk. How? What do we mean
when we say that clinician committed a False Positive when assessing
risk or danger? A False Negative?
MUST USE IN TEXT CITATIONS to support your answers
Powerpoint and readings have been attached below to help you support your answer. Answers must be based on the matrial I ahve provided below