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Assessing Adolescents Who Threaten Homicide in Schools

Twemlow, Stuart ; Fonagy, Peter ; Sacco, Frank ; Vernberg, Eric

Clinical Social Work Journal, 2008, Vol.36(2), pp.131-142 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Assessing Adolescents Who Threaten Homicide in Schools
  • Author/Creator: Twemlow, Stuart ; Fonagy, Peter ; Sacco, Frank ; Vernberg, Eric
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Adolescence ; Violence ; Schools ; Threat assessment
  • Is Part Of: Clinical Social Work Journal, 2008, Vol.36(2), pp.131-142
  • Description: Psychoanalytic and psychiatric perspectives on children who threaten to kill others are reviewed in the context of the need for an interdisciplinary approach to the problem. Converging technologies derived from a Psychoanalytically informed social systems model are compared to law enforcement approaches, Psychoanalytic understanding of the individual dynamics of the child, and empirical research a conduct disordered adolescents. The interdisciplinary orientation of a broadly trained community psychoanalyst allows a unique contribution when trying to distinguish adolescents who make a threat from those who pose a threat. Case vignettes are used to illustrate the hypotheses.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0091-1674 ; E-ISSN: 1573-3343 ; DOI: 10.1007/s10615-007-0101-9