Journal Article

Risk Assessment Using Psychological Profiling Techniques: An Evaluation of Possibilities

JOHN HOPTON

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 28, issue 2, pages 247-261
Published in print April 1998 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online April 1998 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjsw.a011326
Risk Assessment Using Psychological Profiling Techniques: An Evaluation of Possibilities

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In this paper the writer reviews the available literature on psychological profiling, discusses the differences between the facet approach to psychological profiling and other techniques which have been labelled ‘psychological profiling’, and discusses the applications of the facet approach. This discussion is followed by a critical evaluation of the potential of the facet approach as a means of assessing whether or not a person suffering from mental distress should be regarded as a risk to herself/himself or to other people. Finally, there is a discussion of issues around anti-oppressive and and-discriminatory practice, and the writer concludes that, in the light of recent mental health legislation and mental health policy decisions, the use of psychological profiling as a means of risk assessment could reduce the number of mentally distressed persons subjected to intrusive surveillance and/or compulsorily admitted to secure accommodation.

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Subjects: Social Work

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