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NCJ Number: NCJ 241333     Find in a Library
Title: Assessing Risk of Sexually Abusive Behavior Among Youth in a Child Welfare Sample
Author(s): Robert A. Prentky, Ph.D. ; Nien-Chen Li, M.P.A., M.A. ; Sue Righthand, Ph.D. ; Ann Schuler, M.S.C.J/M.H.C. ; Deborah Cavanaugh, M.A. ; Austin F. Lee, Ph.D.
  Journal: Behavioral Sciences & the Law  Volume:28  Issue:1  Dated:2010  Pages:24 to 45
Date Published: 2010
Page Count: 22
  Annotation: This study examined the predictive validity of the J-SOAP-II using samples of adolescent and pre-adolescent boys who were wards of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services.
Abstract: Statutory management of juvenile sexual offenders demands reliable, valid methods for assessing the risk posed by these youth. This study examined the predictive validity of the J-SOAP-II using samples of adolescent and pre-adolescent boys who were wards of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. The base rate for sexual recidivism among the adolescents (14–16 percent) is generally in line with what has been reported. The equivalent base rate for the pre-adolescents (25–28 percent), however, was notably higher. Although the J-SOAP-II was developed for adolescents, the scale also worked with the pre-adolescents in predicting sexual recidivism over 7 years, with AUC values of 0.77, 0.74, 0.77, and 0.80 for Scales 1, 3, 4, and Total among the pre-adolescents and AUC values of 0.80, 0.82, and 0.83 for Scales 1, 4, and Total among the adolescents. Discussion focuses on extant J-SOAP research and sample dependent variability, as well as social policy implications. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile Sex Offenders
Index Term(s): Sexual behavior ; Juvenile delinquency factors ; Child welfare ; Research uses in policymaking ; Recidivism statistics ; Children at risk ; Juvenile Recidivism ; Sex offense causes ; Adolescents at risk ; Instrument validation ; NIJ grant-related documents ; Massachusetts
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

Massachusetts Dept of Social Services
United States of America
Grant Number: 2002-IJ-CX-0029
Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Test/Measurement
Country: United States of America
Language: English
   
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