UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry

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Juvenile Delinquency; Adolescent Psychiatry; Adolescent; Child; Forensic Psychiatry; Mental Disorders; Risk Assessment; Violence


Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry and Psychology


Juvenile court decision-makers often must decide whether youth need certain interventions to reduce the risk of harm to others. Is the risk sufficiently great that some sort of protective intervention is necessary? Risk assessment can assist with these decisions. The primary purpose of this Guide is to provide a structure for jurisdictions, juvenile probation or centralized statewide agencies striving to implement risk assessment or to improve their current risk assessment practices.

Empirical support for aspects of the manual can be found in the following publications:


Vincent GM, Guy LS, Grisso T. (2012). Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice: A Guidebook for Implementation. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

This guidebook includes appendices - see Additional Files below.

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice: A Guidebook for Implementation

Risk Guidebook Appendices.pdf (3395 kB)
Risk Guidebook Appendices