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Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth

Randy Borum, PsyD, Patrick Bartel, PhD, and Adelle Forth, PhD

Assesses the risk of violence
Paper and pencil
Age range:
12 years to 18 years
10-15 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree, certificate, or license to practice in a health care profession or occupation, including (but not limited to) the following: medicine, neurology, nursing, occupational therapy and other allied health care professions, physician's assistants, psychiatry, social work; plus appropriate training and experience in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical behavioral assessment instruments. Certain health care providers may be eligible to purchase selected "B" and "C" level instruments within their area of expertise. Specifically, relevant supervised clinical experience using tests (i.e., internship, residency, etc.) in combination with formal coursework ( i.e., Tests and Measurement, Individual Assessment, or equivalent) qualifies a health care provider to purchase certain restricted products. Any PAR Customer already qualified to purchase a "B" or "C" level product, is also qualified to purchase an "S" level product. If you are not already qualified to purchase a "B"or "C" level product from PAR, please download and complete the special Qualification Form for Medical and Allied Health Professionals. (You will need Adobe Acrobat to view.) Close

The SAVRY is composed of 24 items in three risk domains (Historical Risk Factors, Social/Contextual Risk Factors, and Individual/Clinical Factors), drawn from existing research and the professional literature on adolescent development as well as on violence and aggression in youth.

Features and benefits

  • Based on the structured professional judgment (SPJ) model, the SAVRY helps you structure an assessment so that important factors will be emphasized when you formulate a final professional judgment about a youth’s level of risk.
  • Addresses the primary domains of known risk and protective factors and provides clear operational definitions. Risk and protective factors are based on their relationship to adolescents—not to children or adults.
  • Not designed to be a formal test or scale, there are no assigned numerical values or specified cutoff scores.
  • Both reactive and proactive aggression—aggression subtypes that are extensively theoretically supported—are emphasized.
  • Items have direct implications for treatment, including the consideration of dynamic factors that can be useful targets for intervention in risk reduction.

Test structure

  • Each risk item has a three-level rating structure with specific rating guidelines.
  • Six protective factor items are rated as either present or absent.

To learn more about the SAVRY, visit the PAR Training Portal and watch a video on school violence and threat assessment.