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NCJ Number: 182757 Find in a Library
Title: Assessment of Childhood Aggression and Youth Violence (From Youth Violence: Current Research and Recent Practice Innovations, P 43-84, 1999, Jeffrey M. Jenson and Matthew O. Howard, eds. -- See NCJ-182754)
Author(s): Mark J. Macgowan
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 42
Sponsoring Agency: NASW Press
Washington, DC, 20002-5312
Sale Source: NASW Press
Social Work Journal
750 1st Street, NE
Suite 700
Washington, DC, 20002-5312
United States of America
Type: Literature Review
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This review of quantitative instruments for assessing juvenile violence focuses on definitional issues, a conceptual framework for assessing violence, technical criteria for selecting an instrument, ethical issues related to using instruments, the types of instruments available.
Abstract: Criteria that social workers should consider in selecting a measure for practice or research should include the sample used in the measure’s development, the adequacy and appropriateness of norms, culture and race, reliability, validity, and utility. Ethical issues include the practitioner’s competence in using measures, the potential for unintentional racism and classism in predicting and classifying violent or dangerous individuals, and the balancing of individual rights and the need to protect the public. Types of instruments include structured interviews, self-reports, behavior-rating scales, sociometric methods, direct observation, and archival record reviews. Future research should focus on the development of effective screening or multiple-gating methods and the determination of protective factors that can be mobilized to promote healthy development. Tables and 160 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile psychological evaluation
Index Term(s): Children at risk; Dangerousness; Evaluation measures; Juvenile delinquency factors; Testing and measurement; Violence prediction; Violent juvenile offenders
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