Research Paper Title
The Concept of Identification in Threat Assessment.
Identification is one of eight warning behaviours – superordinate patterns of accelerating risk – that are theorised to correlate with targeted violence, and have some empirical validation. It is characterised by one or more of five characteristics:
- Pseudo-commando behaviour;
- Evidence of a warrior mentality;
- A close association with weapons or other military or law enforcement paraphernalia;
- Wanting to imitate and often surmount previous attackers or assassins; or
- Believing oneself to be an agent to advance a particular cause or belief system.
The authors briefly explore:
- The history of the psychology of identification;
- Its current usage; and
- Its application to threat assessment.
Four cases are used to illustrate identification as both a process and a product, and a likely motive for targeted violence in some subjects.
Its operational relevance for threat assessment is suggested.
Meloy, J.R., Mohandie, K., Knoll, J.L. & Hoffmann, J. (2015) The Concept of Identification in Threat Assessment. Behavorial Sciences & The Law. 33(2-3), pp.213-237. doi: 10.1002/bsl.2166. Epub 2015 Feb 27.