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Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Communication, 1996-1998 (ICPSR 34822)

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This data collection is designed to examine factors influencing the validity of violence risk assessment and risk communication, and it covers three surveys: (1) 1996 Clinical Judgements Survey, (2) 1997 Dangerousness Survey, and (3) 1998 Survey. In all three surveys, forensic psychologists and psychiatrists were shown case summaries of patients hospitalized with mental disorders and were asked to judge the likelihood that the patient would harm someone within six months after discharge from the hospital. The respondents also judged whether the patients posed a high risk, medium risk, or low risk of harming someone after discharge, how closely the mental health center is recommended to monitor the patient's condition, and the likelihood of rehospitalization. Other background information were collected regarding the respondents' assessments distribution, average number of patients per week, and opinions on survey formats. Demographic on respondents includes age, gender, year receiving the doctor's degree, and whether they work for forensic facility full-time or consult for courts.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  1996 Clinical Judgements Survey - Download All Files (4.8 MB)
DS2:  1997 Dangerousness Survey - Download All Files (4.8 MB)
DS3:  1998 Survey - Download All Files (4.7 MB)

Study Description


Slovic, Paul, and John Monahan. Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Communication, 1996-1998. ICPSR34822-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-09-06. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34822.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SBR 9876587)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   communication, hospitalization, mental disorders, psychiatrists, psychosocial assessment, risk assessment, violence

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1996-06--1996-09
  • 1997-11--1998-03
  • 1998-06--1998-08

Date of Collection:  

  • 1996-06--1996-09
  • 1997-11--1998-03
  • 1998-06--1998-08

Unit of Observation:   individual

Universe:   All members of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law (AAPL).

Data Types:   experimental data


Study Design:   Please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation in the ICPSR Codebook for information on study design.

Sample:   Please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation in the ICPSR Codebook for information on sampling.

Time Method:   Cross-sectional

Mode of Data Collection:   self-enumerated questionnaire

Response Rates:   (1) 28 percent (2) 42.6 percent (3) 46.6 percent. Please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation in the ICPSR Codebook for addtional information on responce rates.

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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