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NCJ Number: NCJ 241509     Find in a Library
Title: Predictive Accuracy of Dynamic Risk Factors for Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Sex Offenders: An Exploratory Comparison Using STABLE-2007
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Author(s): Leslie Helmus ; Kelly M. Babchishin ; Julie Blais
  Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:56  Issue:6  Dated:September 2012  Pages:856 to 876
Date Published: 09/2012
Page Count: 21
  Annotation: This study examined whether Aboriginal sex offenders have different dynamic risk profiles than non-Aboriginal sex offenders.
Abstract: Although Aboriginal offenders are overrepresented in Canadian prisons, there is limited research examining the extent to which commonly used risk factors and risk scales are applicable to Aboriginals. Aboriginal (n = 88) and non-Aboriginal (n = 509) sex offenders on community supervision were compared on the dynamic risk factors of STABLE-2007. Data on sexual, violent, any crime, and any recidivism (including breaches) were collected with an average follow-up of 3.4 years. Aboriginal offenders scored significantly higher than non-Aboriginal offenders on STABLE-2007 total scores and on several items measuring general criminality. STABLE-2007 did not significantly predict recidivism with Aboriginal offenders (although it did for non-Aboriginals). The general antisociality items were generally significantly less predictive for Aboriginals than non-Aboriginals, whereas items assessing sexual self-regulation and relationship stability predicted similarly for both groups. These exploratory results suggest that Aboriginal sex offenders are a higher-needs group but that some STABLE-2007 items are not predictive with this population. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Sex offenders
Index Term(s): Criminology ; Criminality prediction ; Threat assessment ; Instrument validation ; Minority overrepresentation ; Canada
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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