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NCJ Number: 156455 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing Juvenile Sex Offenders to Determine Adequate Levels of Supervision
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:19  Issue:8  Dated:(August 1995)  Pages:953-961
Author(s): K E Gerdes; M M Gourley; M C Cash
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 9
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study analyzes the internal consistency of four inventories used by probation officers in the State of Utah to determine adequate and efficacious supervision levels and placement for juvenile sex offenders.
Abstract: The internal consistency or reliability of the inventories ranged from moderate to good. Factor analysis was used to significantly increase the reliability of the four inventories by collapsing them into the following three factors: (1) Custodian's and Juvenile's Attitude Toward Intervention; (2) Offense Characteristics; and (3) Historical Risk Factors. These three inventories/factors explained more than 41 percent of the variance in the combined inventories' scores. The authors suggest ways to create an additional inventory, Characteristics of the Victim, to account for more of the variance. In addition, they discuss suggestions as to how these inventories can be used by probation officers to make objective and consistent decisions about adequate supervision levels and placement for juvenile sex offenders. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Corrections; Juvenile attitudes toward authority; Juvenile probation effectiveness; Juvenile probation officers; Juvenile Sex Offenders; Studies; Utah; Victims of Crime
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