Evaluate a child’s or an adolescent’s actual, attempted, or threatened act to harm him- or herself or others with this 27-item structured assessment. Based on information obtained through various sources, including patient interview, chart review, and family interview, the ACUTE provides an overall threat classification (extreme, high risk, moderate, or low clinical risk factors) as well as cluster scores, including Precipitating Factors, Early Precipitating Factors, Late Precipitating Factors, Predisposing Factors, Impulsivity, and the ACUTE Total score.
Assists in determining the associated level of risk for near-future violence
- Standardization sample included 542 children and adolescents ages 8-18 years and consisted of four study groups: (a) non-threat, (b) suicide threat, (c) homicide threat, and (d) homicide-suicide threat.
- Can be used as part of a threat assessment; as a tracking tool to help determine risk levels in association with treatment plans, patient settings, and social and family situations; or to assess transitions from inpatient to outpatient care following hospital discharge or following an adverse drug reaction.
- Particularly useful for improving diagnosis and treatment of unusual side effects in young patients receiving selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant medication.