Sexual Offenders

Aug
24

Examining the Validity of Risk Assessments in Predicting General, Nonsexual Violence in Sexual Offenders

This study, published in Law and Human Behavior, provides implications with respect to the accurate assessment of institutional violence risk within a sex offender population. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | Law and Human Behavior | 2018, Vol. 42, […]

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May
12

Sexually Abusive Clergy A Unique Subgroup of Sexual Offenders

Given the differences between sex offender subgroups, it may be important to consider offender types and their unique risk factors when developing sex offender management practices. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well […]

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May
13

Precondition Model May Be Beneficial for Understanding Female Sex Offenders

The Precondition Model, typically used with male sex offenders, is useful for understanding progression and motivation for female contact and noncontact sex offenders. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of […]

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Jan
15

Site Differences Impact Clinician Applications and Predictive Accuracy of the J-SOAP-II

The J-SOAP-II should be used as part of a battery of risk assessment tools rather than in a strict actuarial manner for assessing future risk. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a […]

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Sep
04

SSPI Bolsters Validity for STABLE-2007’s Deviant Sexual Interest Items

The SSPI significantly added to the predictive accuracy of the STABLE-2007 in terms of deviant sexual interest in children while it did not bolster the Static-99R or Static-2002R. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as […]

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Jun
26

Mental Illness not a Reliable Predictor of Sex Offender Recidivism

Presence of mental illness is less related to risk and needs but is an important factor for treatment responsivity among sexual offenders. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of […]

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May
22

Juror Ratings of Risk Appear Dependent Upon Communication Format in Static-99R Reports

Prospective jurors draw different conclusions about reported Static-99R scores depending on whether risk is communicated in terms of category, relative risk, or normative samples. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this […]

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Oct
10

Communication Format Influences Perceptions of Offender Risk

Perceptions of risk vary by the communication format used and laypersons appear more receptive to communication messages that provide an interpretive label than those that provide statistical results. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as […]

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Aug
22

Evaluator Differences in PCL-R Scores Suggest Need for Training

Differences in PCL-R scores between evaluators indicate some degree of variability in scoring attributable to evaluators, although these differences were less amongst evaluators who had received formal training on the PCL-R. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings […]

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Jan
23

Static-99 and Static-99R May NOT Work for Latino Offenders

The Static-99 and the Static-99R may not work as well for Latino offenders as it does for Black and White offenders. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this […]

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Jan
17

Static-99 and Static-99R May NOT Work as Well for Latino Offenders

The Static-99 and the Static-99R may not work as well for Latino offenders as it does for Black and White offenders. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this […]

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