VII Programming at APA Convention
Providers of Emergency Services for Children in Violence Prevention
from the American Association of Suicidology Conference
The Critical Need
for Valid and Reliable Assessment
Opportunities at the APA Convention
VII Election Results
Offer for Section VII Members
Critical Need for Valid and Reliable Assessment
by Robert I. Yufit, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
President-Elect, Section VII
Northwestern University Medical School
assessment of potential for self-harm (extreme: suicide) or for harm-to-others
(extreme: homicide) is a major challenge of our specialty, clinical
emergencies and crises. Can we quantify the potential for these complex
behaviors? Prediction might be an ultimate goal, but we do not have
the needed empirical data to seek such an objective as yet, and there
are those who would say that prediction on a single case situation
is an unlikely task. Perhaps more realistic, can we evaluate vulnerability
of potentially suicidal persons, or violence-prone individuals? More
importantly, can we quantify such measures?
are a number of correlates for suicidal persons, and some existing
scales and questionnaires, which claim to do this task. Is there follow-up
on these measures once they are applied? Violence is even more multidimensional,
but again, some measures do exist. Have any of you used such measures?
we hear from you on their usefulness? Do you have your own measures
which are unpublished? Don't be modest! Can we collaboratively develop
some better assessment measures of these areas, and seek to determine
how valid and reliable they might be? Let me know. I have my own ideas
which I will share in coming workshops, but this is a gigantic task
which needs many creative minds who have worked with these populations.
Scales, unique demographics, pertinent observations - all are welcome
for input! Anyone interested? Please contact me at the Division of
Psychology, Northwestern University Medical School, Abbott Hall -
Room 1205, 710 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60611.