In the news on 2/12/2012
Josh Powell, suspected of killing his wife, was given a supervised visit with his children. He was also ordered to have a psychological evaluation. He locked the social worker out of the house and blew up the house, killing himself and his young sons. The boys had begun to talk about their father putting their mother in the trunk of the car and then disappearing. Relatives said he treated his wife and the children as if they were property.
Why did the Department of Social Services not know how dangerous this man was? Agencies often still use clinical judgement to determine the dangerousness of their clients, despite the fact that the research is clear that clinical judgement of dangerousness is no better than chance. So, why are so many agencies still using clinical judgement to determine the dangerousness of their clients? I can’t answer that. I hope one of my readers can.
This was another potentially preventable tragedy. A combination of Actuarial and clinical tools are more accurate in determining risk for future violence and what interventions will reduce that risk.
In the news on 4/13/2011
Mother abuses her children
Three die, One child, age 10, survives
Casey Anthony trial raises the question of mother’s own possible child abuse. 5/14/2011
Casey Anthony’s attorney is asking prospective jurors about child sexual abuse and PTSD. Will it be revealed that Casey was sexually abused as a child. What we do know is that mother’s that kill their children often have histories of childhood trauma. Ths is not an effort to excuse their behavior. It is a plea to move this country toward the protection of children from abuse as the way to end juvenile and adult violence. Are the two are connected?
A decade of research links the maltreatment of children with violent behaviors later in life. As a result of child abuse, neglect, or exposure to domestic violence, skills they need to regulate themselves do not develop adequately. With delayed social, problem solving and self-managment skills, they make many serious errors in judgment.