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Using Dynamic Factors to Predict Recidivism Among Women

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Credit Value: 2
Exam Questions: 20
Passing Grade: 15 correct
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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: Using a sample of 497 Canadian women released into the community from federal prisons, this study examined the extent to which seven dynamic risk factors prospectively assessed at 6-month intervals (four waves) change over time and predict recidivism. Results obtained from a series of within-subject ANOVAs indicate that with the exception of substance abuse, all dynamic risk factors (i.e., employment, marital/family, community functioning, personal/emotional, criminal associates, and criminal attitudes) decreased among those offenders who did not recidivate. In addition, results obtained from a series of Cox regression survival analyses with time-dependent covariates also indicate that proximal assessments of dynamic risk predict recidivism more strongly than more distal assessments of dynamic risk. Employment and associates were the strongest dynamic predictors of recidivism, whereas the remaining factors were weak-to-moderate predictors of recidivism. This study lends support to the utility of repeatedly assessing dynamic risk factors among female offender populations.

 

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 complex trauma and aggression in adolescents, especially those in secure juvenile justice settings. 

Authors: Greiner, Law and Brown

Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding factors that predict recidivism among women.  Specifically, a professional will:

  • Identify the dynamic risk factors that may predict recidivism in women.
  • Distinguish the effectiveness of both proximal and distal predictors.
  • Describe the strongest predictors of recidivism in women.

Citation:   Greiner, L.E., Law, M.A., and Brown, S.L. (2015). Using Dynamic Factors To Predict Recidivism Among Women. Criminal Justice and Behavior Vol 42 No 5

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Credits: 2 Exam Fee: $22.00 Format: Online

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