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Utility of a violence screening tool to predict recidivism in offenders with schizophrenia: A total forensic cohort study.

Fries, D., Rossegger, A., Endrass, J., & Singh, J. P.
Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology, 5, 40-52.


The aim of the present study was to investigate the utility of the screening tool developed by Wootton and colleagues (2008) to predict recidivism in a total cohort of offenders diagnosed with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders in the Canton of Zürich, Switzerland.  The sample consisted of violent (including sexual) offenders between the ages of 18 to 65 years with ICD-10 diagnoses of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, affective psychosis, and delusional disorder, sentenced either to court-ordered therapy or at least 10 month’s prison and discharged into the community (N = 34).  The instrument was found to be useful in prospectively identifying low-risk individuals and retrospectively discriminating recidivists.  Albeit the adaptation of the screening tool may have some usefulness when identifying low-risk individuals, caution is warranted when used in forensic samples.




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