The goal of this study was to identify distinct and meaningful profiles of the seven criminogenic risk and need domains included on the Ohio Youth Assessment System—Disposition Tool (OYAS-DIS).
This goal was achieved by conducting a latent profile analysis (LPA) on a sample of 4,383 formally processed justice-involved youth assessed by the OYAS-DIS. The LPA determined there were six distinct profiles: (1) Low risk and need; (2) Low/moderate risk and need; (3) Low risk/need with high juvenile justice history; (4) Academic, mental health, and substance use needs; (5) Prosocial skills and decision making; and (6) High risk and need. Results may help juvenile justice practitioners to identify and address specific intervention needs of adjudicated youth. (publisher abstract modified)