Chapter 11. Strengths Based Approaches to Risk Assessment

  1. Leam A. Craig PhD, MSc, BA (Hons), CSci, AFBPsS, EuroPsy, C.Psychol (Forensic) Consultant honorary member research staff1,2,
  2. Kevin D. Browne PhD, MSc, MEd, BSc, C.Biol, C.Psychol (Forensic) Chartered Biologist Chartered Psychologist Chair Head Executive Councillor consultant3,4 and
  3. Anthony R. Beech D.Phil, BSc, FBPsS, C.Psychol (Forensic) Professor Director principal researcher2

Published Online: 28 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470773208.ch11

Assessing Risk in Sex Offenders: A Practitioner's Guide

Assessing Risk in Sex Offenders: A Practitioner's Guide

How to Cite

Craig, L. A., Browne, K. D. and Beech, A. R. (2008) Strengths Based Approaches to Risk Assessment, in Assessing Risk in Sex Offenders: A Practitioner's Guide, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470773208.ch11

Author Information

  1. 1

    Forensic Psychology Practice Ltd, The Willows Clinic, Birmingham, UK

  2. 2

    Centre for Forensic and Family Psychology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

  3. 3

    School of Psychology, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

  4. 4

    World Health Organisation, Denmark

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 APR 2008
  2. Published Print: 21 MAR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470018972

Online ISBN: 9780470773208



  • socio-affective problems and self regulation problems;
  • pin cushion approach;
  • young sexual abusers;
  • strengths-based approaches and positive psychology;
  • voluntary termination of serious criminal participation;
  • reduction of stress reactions;
  • optimisation of human functioning;
  • family/environmental functioning;
  • high-stress family situation;
  • family and community relationships


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Strengths-Based Approaches and Positive Psychology

  • The ‘Good Lives’ Approach to Sex Offender Treatment

  • Assessing Risk in Young People

  • Assessing Strengths and Resilience Factors in Young People Who Sexually Offend

  • Applying a Strengths Based Approach in Work with Adult Offenders

  • Conclusions