To understand one’s future, an examiner must understand the past in which an employee is grounded. An oak grows from the soil it is planted. Does the employee or candidate have a history of child abuse or any past behaviors where the person engaged in concerning criminal behaviors (failure to conform, deceitfulness, impulsivity, reckless disregard for safety of self/others, irresponsibility)? If possible, information may need to be obtained from collateral records to confirm information.
Also, it is important to even ask about any individual or family major mental illness and past or current substance use problems. Depending on the mental illness this may or may not include impaired decision making. Objective testing is particularly important as this may facilitate comparing an individuals impulsivity, memory, or planning to the rest of the general population to better understand if this person’s functioning is typical of others or divergent.
Substance abuse is important as it is strongly associated with an increased risk for general violence. Substance use leads individuals to engage in disinhibited behaviors, perhaps be more reactive, especially when under stress.