Does One Size Fit All?: A Meta-Analysis Examining the Predictive Ability of the Level of Service Inventory (LSI) With Aboriginal Offenders
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: The application of common risk assessment measures, such as the Level of Service Inventories (LSI), to Aboriginal offenders has been a criticized practice. The belief that Aboriginal offenders have distinct needs has informed the argument that existing risk-need assessments cannot adequately capture their risk. To explore this, the present meta-analysis reviewed 16 samples to test the extent to which LSI scores predict recidivism for Aboriginal compared with non-Aboriginal offenders. In addition, one large sample was used to examine the similarities in recidivism rates per LSI score for Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal offenders. Results indicated that the LSI predicts recidivism for Aboriginal offenders; however, for five of eight subscales, it predicts with less accuracy compared with non-Aboriginal offenders. In addition, the LSI underclassifies lowscoring Aboriginal offenders, but accurately estimates recidivism rates for higher scoring offenders. Implications for research into culturally-specific risk factors and the application of current risk factors to Aboriginal offenders are explored.
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 Level of Service Inventory and cross cultural awareness with Aboriginal offenders.
Authors: Wilson and Gutierrez
Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding the predictive ability of the Level of Service Inventory (LSI). Specifically, a professional will:
- Identify concerns with the use of common risk assessment measures with Aboriginal offenders.
- Distinguish differences in the predictive ability of the Level of Service Inventory across Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal offenders.
- Describe culturally specific risk factors and how they might be applied to Aboriginal offenders.
Citation: Wilson, H.A. and Gutierrez, L. (2014). Does one size fit all?: A meta-analysis examining the predictive ability of the level of service inventory (lSI) with aboriginal offenders . Criminal Justice and Behavior Vol 41 No 2. Reviewed by TM DiDona, PhD 2018 and found to be current. For a full list of current references, please Click Here
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