Assessing the Youthful Offender: Issues and Techniques

Paperback | December 31, 1996

byRobert D. Hoge, D.A. Andrews

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This important work educates individuals working within the youth justice system of the usefulness-and-limitations-of psychological assessments in the processing of youthful offenders. The authors favor a child welfare and rehabilitative approach, but they argue that the use of valid assessments can improve the quality and consistency of judgments and inferences made about youths in any system by improving the quality of the information used. The book closes with extensive recommendations and appendices listing instruments, procedures, and resources.

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This important work educates individuals working within the youth justice system of the usefulness-and-limitations-of psychological assessments in the processing of youthful offenders. The authors favor a child welfare and rehabilitative approach, but they argue that the use of valid assessments can improve the quality and consist...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:154 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.27 inPublished:December 31, 1996Publisher:Springer US

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ISBN - 10:030645467X

ISBN - 13:9780306454677

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Table of Contents

Conceptual and Theoretical Background. Decision Making within Juvenile Justice Systems. The Role of Psychological Assessments in the Juvenile Justice Decision Process. Assessing Aptitudes and Achievement Levels. Assessing Personality, Attitudes, and Behaviors. Assessing Environmental Factors. Diagnostic and Classification Systems. Conclusions and Recommendations. Appendix I: Instruments and Procedures Identified in This Volume. Appendix II: Addresses of Major Test Publishers. Index.

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`...the book lies in its clear outline of the differentiation between models of juvenile justice and the implications of the different models for the offender. The summary of the diagnostics tools available to the forensic decision maker is also extremely useful. However, the most impressive contribution of this book is in the excellent tables which provide succinct and accessible summaries of the major issues, which will be of interest not only to those system.' Legal and Criminological Psychology, 6 (2001)