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Probation Intensity, Self-Reported Offending, and Psychopathy in Juveniles on Probation for Serious Offenses

NCJ Number
Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Volume: 43 Issue: 2 Dated: June 2015 Pages: 191-200
Date Published
June 2015
10 pages
This study examined the relationship between level of supervision by juvenile probation officers (JPOs) and an adolescent's offending, considering the characteristics of juvenile offenders (specifically, level of psychopathy).
The study found that the level of probation officer supervision was not consistently related to the juvenile's risk of recidivism, and level of supervision did not affect self-reported offending; however, risk level was consistently related to offending behavior, more so than the level of supervision and other characteristics of these youths. Level of psychopathy did not moderate the relationship of self-reported offending and level of supervision. These results highlight the need for more integration of risk assessment tools into juvenile probation practices and the possibility of devising methods to focus this practice to make it more effective. (Publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: June 1, 2015