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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...

In juvenile risk assessment, most assessment tools focus primarily on risk factors while little attention is being devoted to protective factors. It has been suggested that the emphasis on both risk factors and protective factors is crucial for an accurate prediction of risk level. This...