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Firestone Assessment of Violent Thoughts

Robert W. Firestone, PhD, and Lisa A. Firestone, PhD

Assesses the underlying thoughts that predispose violent behavior in adults ages 18 to 75 years (FAVT) and adolescents ages 11 to 18 years (FAVT-A)
Paper and pencil, E-Manual
Age range:
11 years to 75 years
15 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

Assess Thoughts that May Lead to Violent Behavior in Adults and Adolescents


The FAVT is a self-report assessement designed on the basic hypothesis that an individual’s thought process strongly influences his or her behavior. It measures different types of thoughts that have been found to predispose an individual to violent behavior.

Assess if Violent Adults May Need to be Separated from Prospective Targets

  • Derived directly from clinical material gathered from violent individuals, FAVT items represent thoughts experienced prior to committing violent acts.
  • FAVT items are organized into five levels (i.e., Paranoid/Suspicious, Persecuted Misfit, Self-Depreciating/Pseudo-Independent, Overtly Aggressive, Self-Aggrandizing) and two theoretical subscales (i.e., Instrumental/Proactive Violence, Hostile/Reactive Violence), allowing you to better understand the client and thus offer more targeted treatment.
  • Data on two reference groups (i.e., Incarcerated, Anger Management) provide you with valuable information for making level-of-care/restriction decisions and for identifying the appropriate intervention intensity.
  • Change score tables are provided across four different levels of significance for four normative groups and two reference groups so that you can judge the significance of a change over two administrations.
  • The FAVT is ideal for use with adults ages 18 to 75 (a) as a screening device of violence potential within normal, clinical, and forensic settings; (b) as a threat assessment measure; (c) in the identification of violent thoughts and subsequent clinical intervention; and (d) for monitoring an individual’s level of change or progress at regular intervals or at key points in the treatment process.