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Does the LSI-R Have Utility For Sex Offenders

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Course Description:

This course is based upon material published in the journal Criminal Justice and Behavior by Sage Publications on behalf of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP).  This course, including the continuing education credits are offered free of charge as a benefit to all IACFP members. 

 

 

Abstract   Despite societal perception that sex offenders will repeat their crimes, research indicates these offenders are more likely to be generalists than sex offense-specific offenders. Sex offender specific legislation has reinforced this erroneous perception while contributing to the excessive labeling of sex offenders as sexual recidivists. Additionally troubling is the lack of research on the efficacy of generalized risk/needs assessments for sex offenders. The present study fills this void by evaluating the adequacy of the Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R) for use with a sexual offending population. The predictive accuracy of the LSI-R for sexual and non-sexual recidivism outcomes was explored using a sample of 21,298 individuals released from New Jersey correctional facilities from 2004 to 2006. Results indicate that while the LSI-R does not have predictive utility for sexual offenses, it has utility for sex offenders overall. Policy implications of the usefulness of the LSI-R for this offending population are discussed.

 

Forensic and clinical psychologists can benefit from this course.  In addition, this course is appropriate for social workers and professional counselors, especially those interested in forensic psychology or those who work within the criminal justice system. This course is appropriate for intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to enhance their knowledge of the assessment of recidivism and risk assessment in sex offenders.  

 

Authors: Ragusa-Salerno, Ostermann and Thomas

 

Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding risk assessment for sex offenders. Specifically, a professional will:

  • Identify the predictive accuracy of the LSI-R for sexual recidivism outcomes.
  • Identify the predictive accuracy of the LSI-R for non-sexual recidivism outcomes.
  • Describe potential policy implications for the usefulness of the LSI-R.

 

Citation:  Ragusa-Salerno, Ostermann and Thomas. (2013). Does the LSI-R Have Utility for Sex Offenders? Criminal Justice and Behavior. V40(9).

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