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  NCJ Number: NCJ 240410   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Developing an Actuarial Risk Assessment to Inform Decisions Made by Adult Protective Services Workers
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Kristen Johnson ; Kathy Park ; Andrea Bogie ; Shannon Flasch ; Jennifer Cotter
  Date Published: 09/2012
  Page Count: 127
  Annotation: This final report summarizes the results of research aimed at developing an actuarial risk assessment to inform decisions made by adult protective services workers.
  Abstract: The primary purpose of the research was to determine whether an actuarial risk assessment could be developed for use by adult protective services (APS) workers. The aim of the assessment would be to provide APS agencies and personnel with a simple, objective, and reliable instrument to help workers identify high-risk clients and prioritize them for service intervention at the close of an investigation. Similar assessments have been developed for and successfully used by child protection and corrections agencies. The research for this study involved three phases that are described in detail in this report: 1) construction of the actuarial risk assessment for APS workers using the results of a longitudinal study; 2) inter-rater reliability testing of the actuarial assessment for APS workers and a process evaluation to assess implementation fidelity; and 3) a prospective validation study of risk assessment to be conducted with a larger client sample and observation of maltreatment recurrence for a longer standardized follow-up period. The process evaluation showed that implementation fidelity and workers’ perceived utility of the actuarial tool varied by region. The validation study of the actuarial assessment indicated that the assessment validly classified individuals by the likelihood of future maltreatment, however additional research will be needed to improve the assessment’s predictive capabilities. Limitations of the study along with implications for practice and future research are discussed. Tables, figures, references, and appendixes
  Main Term(s): Victimization risk
  Index Term(s): Needs assessment ; Crimes against the elderly ; Elder Abuse ; Elderly victims ; Elderly victim services ; NIJ grant-related documents ; Elderly (65+)
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2008-IJ-CX-0025
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
  Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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