Assessing Risk for Victimization in a Forensic Psychiatric Setting Using the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability

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Although a growing literature on community-based victimization of people with mental illness exists, victimization within institutional settings is comparatively understudied. The current study seeks to fill this gap by exploring factors related to risk of victimization in a male forensic psychiatric sample using a relatively new risk assessment measure. The Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START) is a short-term risk assessment measure that compiles information about several clinically relevant risk factors to evaluate risk of victimization, among other adverse outcomes. Nearly one-third (31.3%) of the sample experienced some type of victimization during their hospitalization. The summary risk judgment and subsets of select START items effectively predicted risk of victimization in this sample with a fair degree of accuracy over a 2-month period.

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