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The reliability of dangerousness assessments. A decision making exercise.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6704600     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
One hundred and ninety three raters drawn from six countries and representing different professional groups considered 16 case histories. Raters were asked to indicate what degree of 'dangerousness' they attributed to each individual and what they considered to be the optimal management. The level of agreement between raters concerning the assessment of dangerousness was generally low, the level of 60 per cent being reached for only 4 cases out of 16. Psychiatrists did not reach a higher level of agreement on the ratings of dangerousness than non-psychiatrists. Psychiatrists had a tendency to rate individuals as more dangerous than did non-psychiatrists. The results of this exercise do not support the use of 'dangerousness' as a scientifically or operationally valid concept.
C Montandon; T Harding
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science     Volume:  144     ISSN:  0007-1250     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1984 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-05-01     Completed Date:  1984-05-01     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0342367     Medline TA:  Br J Psychiatry     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  149-55     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Dangerous Behavior*
Mental Disorders / complications
Personality Assessment*
Grant Support
278-77-0015(SM)/SM/CMHS SAMHSA HHS

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