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Contextualizing Risk in the Assessment of Intellectually Disabled Individuals

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Author(s): Douglas P. Boer | Keith R. McVilly | Frank Lambrick

Journal: Sexual Offender Treatment
ISSN 1862-2941

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: offenders | risk assessment | environmental risk | individual risk

ABSTRACT
In this article we examine the idea of expanding structured clinical judgement from primarily offender variables to a broader framework in which environmental (including staff) variables are given equal consideration in a comprehensive risk appraisal conducted for risk management purposes of intellectually disabled individuals. It is posited that only by contextualizing the individual’s risk within environmental variables can an accurate portrayal of current dynamic risk (and hence the management of that risk) be construed.
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