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Abstract: The importance of protective factors for the effective assessment of serious problem behaviour in children is increasingly recognized. Complementing the existing risk-focused approach, the specific focus on protective factors offers new guidance to designing strength-based preventive interventions. In the footsteps of its older...

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) predict juvenile offending and are associated with specific patterns of aggressive behavior. Nonetheless, adolescents in forensic psychiatry rarely meet diagnostic criteria for trauma related psychiatric disorders. Adequate assessment of ACEs in youths comprises a number of specific challenges. As a consequence,...