Chapter 7. Principles of Risk Assessment

  1. David A. Crighton Deputy Chief Psychologist visiting Professor Deputy Head Consultant Psychologist past Secretary Treasurer Chief Examiner editorial board member1 and
  2. Graham J. Towl MPhil Chief Psychologist visiting Professor member Head recipient past Chair Treasurer external examiner2

Published Online: 12 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301724.ch7

Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition

Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition

How to Cite

Crighton, D. A. and Towl, G. J. (2008) Principles of Risk Assessment, in Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition, BPS Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444301724.ch7

Author Information

  1. 1

    Universities of Aberdeen, London, UK

  2. 2

    Universities of Durham, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 FEB 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160100

Online ISBN: 9781444301724



  • risk assessment principles;
  • logical basis of risk assessment;
  • child protection and key ethical, legal and practice issues;
  • Evidence-Based Practice (EBP);
  • risk assessment to identify ‘best’ single predictor of ‘risk’;
  • mental health factors;
  • psychopathy checklists (PCL, PCL-R and PCL-SV);
  • dysfunctional family environment and violent and criminal behaviour;
  • relationship between ‘actuarial’ and ‘clinical’ risk assessment;
  • Cambridge Model of Risk Assessment (CAMRA)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Logical Basis of Risk Assessment

  • Ethical Issues

  • Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)

  • Factors in the Risk of Violence

  • Models of Risk Assessments

  • Managing Risk

  • Summary

  • Notes