by Robert W. Firestone, PhD and Lisa A. Firestone, PhD
- The items on the FAVT-A are derived directly from clinical material gathered from violent individuals. The items represent thoughts these individuals experienced prior to committing violent acts. Because violent adolescents are able to recognise the exact content of their thoughts in the items, the FAVT-A taps directly into the cognitions of violent adolescents.
- FAVT-A items are organised into four Levels (i.e., Paranoid/Suspicious, Persecuted Misfit, Self-Depreciating/Pseudo-Independent, Overtly Aggressive) and two Theoretical Subscales (i.e., Instrumental/Proactive Violence, Hostile/Reactive Violence). This structure enables you to gain a better understanding of the individual and, thus, to offer more targeted treatments.
- The FAVT-A was standardised on a sample of 641 individuals that was well-matched to the population in terms of age, gender, race/ethnicity, and age level.
- In addition, demographic and FAVT-A data on two reference groups (i.e., Incarcerated, Probation) also were collected as part of the standardisation process. These data provide you with valuable information for making level-of-care/restriction decisions and for identifying the appropriate intervention intensity.
- Two validity scales (i.e., Inconsistency Scale, Negativity Scale) are included to assist you in determining whether the administration is valid.
- Change score tables are provided across four different levels of significance for the four normative groups and for the two reference groups so that clinicians can easily find out if a significant change has occurred in an individual's FAVT-A score over two administrations.