Chapter 5. Actuarial and Clinically Guided Measures

  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.ch5

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) Actuarial and Clinically Guided Measures, in Assessing Risk in Sex Offenders: A Practitioner's Guide, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470773208.ch5

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



  • psychopathic or anti-social personality;
  • contextual antecedents to violence;
  • poor level of functioning and substance abuse;
  • sexual/non-sexual violence;
  • combinations of predictor variables;
  • Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC);
  • non-dichotomous variable;
  • sexual recidivism and violent recidivism;
  • Sex Offender Risk Appraisal Guide (SORAG);
  • Risk Assessment of Sexual Offence Recidivism


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Actuarial Risk Assessment Measures

  • Criticisms of Actuarial Scales

  • Structured Clinical Judgement Scales

  • Factor Structure of Actuarial Risk Scales

  • Conclusions