risk assessment

Dec
14

Addressing Trauma via Juvenile Probation Officer’s Treatment Planning

Juvenile Probation Officers recognize trauma exposure and posttraumatic stress symptom information, but do not prioritize such information as a rehabilitation target during the case planning process. 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 […]

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Nov
16

Locally- v. globally-developed actuarial tools and professional judgment in predicting sexual recidivism

When assessing risk for sexual recidivism, use of actuarial tools that were developed using relevant local samples—as opposed to professional judgment and global actuarial tools—is recommended. 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 […]

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Nov
09

The link between risk assessment and management: Not as straightforward as it seems

When applied to risk management, risk assessment tools are not sufficient in and of themselves: They should be considered in context of their implementation and potential utility. 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 […]

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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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Jun
01

Keep out of trouble: Validation of a risk assessment measure in a correctional sample

Despite high interrater reliability and relative ease of administration, caution is advised when utilizing VRAG–R measure in predicting and managing recidivism risk. 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 research into […]

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Feb
09

Impact of Risk Assessment on Recidivism Rates in Intimate Partner Violence

The level of assessed risk moderates the relation between risk management and recidivism; the greater the risk, the more serious the legal sentence. 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 research […]

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Nov
24

ODARA + SARA = Prediction of Intimate Partner Violence and General Criminal Recidivism

The combination of two risk measures, the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment (ODARA) and the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment (SARA), has been effective in assessing violence risk and predicting recidivism in intimate partner violence offenders. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of […]

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Oct
27

Clinical Experience May Affect The Predictive Validity of the PCL-R

Clinical experience may impact the variability in scores on the PCL-R and its predictive capacity for future violence. 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 this research into practice. Featured […]

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Sep
01

New Fordham Risk Screening Tool May Be Able to Accurately Identify Patients In Need Of A Full Violence Risk Assessment

The Fordham Risk Screening Tool may be able to identify patients in need of further violence risk assessment and screen out patients who would receive low risk ratings. 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
25

Sex offenders with “deadly combination” of psychopathy and deviant sexual interests are not more likely to reoffend

Research found no evidence that sexual offenders who possess high levels of both psychopathic traits and deviant sexual interests are at a higher risk for reoffending than other sexual offenders. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychological Assessment. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as […]

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Aug
04

Irrespective of Admission or Denial, the CASIC Demonstrates that Behavioral Correlates are Significantly Associated with Sexual Interest in Children

The items on the Correlates of Admission of Sexual Interest in Children (CASIC) assessment represent behavioral correlates that, when summed in a risk tool development sample, are significantly associated with the admission of sexual interest in children. These items are: individuals who have never been married, child pornography content that included sexual abuse videos, child […]

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Jun
16

Mixed Findings on the SAVRY’s and YLS/CMI’s Sensitivity to Short-term Changes in Risk

Although internal and external sensitivity to change on the SAVRY and YLS/CMI are partially supported, both measures were not more dynamic in assessing risk than the PCLR:YV. 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 […]

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