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Assessment and its Implications
Assessment and its implications

UNDERSTANDING WHY a particular youth killed a parent requires knowledge of the adolescent, his or her family, and the home environment. Although many of these data can be obtained by a mental health professional1 from the APO during the clinical interview, collateral sources of information are often invaluable in verifying information, evaluating competing theories, determining the credibility of the youth, and coming to a conclusion about the motive for the homicide. Sources include police reports, offender statements to law enforcement officers and defense counsel, witnesses’ depositions, mental health reports, school records, and previous social services investigations.

Thorough assessment in each case involving an APO is critical regardless of the factual situation. It should not be cut short just because ...

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