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NCJ Number: NCJ 243976     Find in a Library
Title: Prediction and Risk/Needs Assessment
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Carrie Mulford
Date Published: 05/2014
Page Count: 2
  Series: OJJDP Justice Research Series
  Annotation: This research bulletin discusses predicting and assessing risk for criminal behavior among young adults.
Abstract: The bulletin summarizes findings from Bulletin 3: Prediction and Risk/Needs Assessment, one of a series of papers prepared for the Transitions from Juvenile Delinquency to Adult Crime study group. In order to predict and assess an individual’s risk for criminal behavior, practitioners need to consider risk factors – those factors that increase the likelihood that youth will engage in delinquency, needs factors – risk factors that could be changed in order to reduce the likelihood that youth will engage in delinquency, and protective factors – the characteristics of youth and their circumstances that can protect them from engaging in criminal behavior. The standardized assessment tools that practitioners can use to conduct risk/needs assessments are unstructured clinical assessments, actuarial decisionmaking, static/dynamic actuarial measures, and structured professional judgment. The bulletin also summarizes the results of research comparing 12 standardized assessment tools used for assessing risk in youths and adults. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.
Main Term(s): Needs assessment
Index Term(s): Young adult offenders ; Risk management ; Risk taking behavior ; Juvenile program needs assessment ; Juvenile Delinquent needs assessment methods ; Juvenile to adult criminal careers ; Adolescents at risk ; Juvenile Risk Factors ; psychometric assessment ; Risk and Protective Factors ; Assessment (juvenile)
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2008-IJ-CX-K402
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
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Type: Report (Summary)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: For the complete report see NCJ-242934
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