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NCJ Number: 227891 Find in a Library
Title: New Psychometric Instrument Assessing Vulnerability to Risk of Suicide and Self-Harm Behaviour in Offenders: Suicide Concerns for Offenders in Prison Environment (SCOPE)
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:53  Issue:4  Dated:August 2009  Pages:385-400
Author(s): Amanda E. Perry; Daniel T. Olason
Date Published: August 2009
Page Count: 16
Type: Measurement/Evaluation Device
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study sought to develop a psychometric instrument to assess vulnerability to risk of suicide and self-harm behavior in young adult offenders.
Abstract: The Suicide Concerns for Offenders in Prison Environment (SCOPE) screening instrument addresses some of the gaps apparent in the literature. Further research with SCOPE would seek to evaluate the predictive validity of the instrument in relation to the identification of individuals at risk of suicidal or nonfatal self-harm behavior. With the majority of suicides occurring within the first 72 hours after entry to a prison or jail, identification of possible immediate risk must be conducted on intake to an establishment. This study aimed to develop an instrument to assess vulnerability to risk of suicide and self-harm behavior that was specifically designed for males and females. The study investigated the item development, factor structure, and validation of the newly devised SCOPE screening instrument. Three studies were conducted to assess the psychometric properties of the new instrument using both exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis in different samples. Participants in all 3 studies consisted of 1,166 young adult offenders across the 6 Her Majesty's Prisons. Figure, tables, appendix, and references
Main Term(s): Suicide; United Kingdom (UK)
Index Term(s): Dangerousness; Instrument validation; Offender profiles; Offenders; Psychological evaluation; Testing and measurement
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