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Psicothema, 2010. Vol. Vol. 22 (nº 3). 403-409




Valoración del riesgo de violencia: instrumentos disponibles e indicaciones de aplicación

Antonio Andrés-Pueyo y Enrique Echeburúa*

Universidad de Barcelona y * Universidad del País Vasco

La reducción y prevención de la violencia no es una tarea exclusiva de la intervención jurídico-penal y requiere a otros profesionales, como los psicólogos, para una participación especializada en campos como la evaluación de la peligrosidad y el control de la reincidencia violenta. Los últimos avances en la prevención de la violencia han propuesto sustituir la evaluación de la peligrosidad por la valoración del riesgo de violencia. Esta tecnología tiene una mayor capacidad predictiva del comportamiento violento futuro. En este trabajo se presentan los fundamentos de las técnicas de valoración del riesgo de violencia y los instrumentos adaptados al español para su aplicación en la psicología clínica, forense y penitenciaria. Se describen brevemente la escala VRAG, la PCL-R, el HCR-20, el SVR-20, la SARA, el EPV y el SAVRY, así como sus aplicaciones específicas.

Violence risk assessment: Available tools and instructions for use. Violence management and prevention exceed the exclusive court intervention and require other professionals, such as psychologists, who can help in specialized tasks like dangerousness assessment and violence recidivism control. The latest improvements in the prevention of violence have proposed the replacement of dangerousness assessment for the violence risk assessment. This new technology is more efficient to predict the future violent behavior. In this study, we present the basis of these techniques for the violence risk assessment, as well as the Spanish adapted tools and instruments for its application in clinical, forensic and correctional psychology. These are, briefly described, the VRAG scale, the PCL-R, the HCR-20, the SCR-20, the SARA test, the EPV and the SAVRY, as well as their specific functions and applications.

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