Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Criminal Justice and Behavior LSI-R Research

Criminal Justice and Behavior
Vol. 34, No. 8, 971-984 (2007)

The Level of Service Inventory— Revised With English Women Prisoners
A Needs and Reconviction Analysis

Emma J. Palmer
University of Leicester
Clive R. Hollin
University of Leicester

This study examines the Level of Service Inventory—Revised (LSI-R) with a sample of English women prisoners. As data from an English sample of women offenders have not previously been published, a full psychometric examination is presented. Comparison of the women's scores with English male data showed a number of differences across areas of criminogenic need, although there was no difference in overall level of risk of reconviction. The predictive validity of the LSI-R with respect to reconviction showed reconvicted offenders to have elevated LSI-R subscales scores and total scores and to be in higher security bands. Multivariate analyses showed reconviction and time to reconviction to be predicted by the LSI-R total score, the Companions subscale, and the LSI-R security bands.

Criminal Justice and Behavior
Vol. 34, No. 8, 1044-1056 (2007)

The Generalizability of the LSI-R and the Cat To the Prediction of Recidivism in Female Offenders
Jean Folsom
Regional Treatment Centre, Ontario, Canada
Jill L. Atkinson
Queen's University

The prediction of recidivism of female offenders has lagged behind that of their male counterparts. The present study was designed to extend the work of previous research on the Level of Service Inventory—Revised (LSI-R) and to examine the utility of another measure—the Childhood and Adolescent Taxon Scale (CAT)—in the prediction of recidivism among female offenders. Participants, 100 female offenders serving sentences of more than 2 years in Canada , completed a self-report version of both instruments. Results indicated acceptable reliability and predictive validity for both measures, and both measures distinguished recidivists from nonrecidivists. Results are discussed in light of previous research and future directions for the examination of the prediction of recidivism among female offenders.

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